Mackinaw's first bar to open soon

By Joe Bennett

March 10, 2013 Updated Mar 11, 2013 at 11:05 AM CDT

MACKINAW, Ill -- The village of Mackinaw had maintained its "dry town" status for the last eighty years, even after the repeal of prohibition, until recently.

Residents voted to allow the sale of alcohol within the village last year, and now Mackinaw is about to get its very first bar.

Across the street from the soon to be Haynes on Main, sits a building that was meant to be a bar in 1933, before Mackinaw decided to stay dry.

Eighty years later, the village is getting its first taste of a tavern.

"A lot of the feedback that we get is, we're so glad there is going to be something in town," says co-owner of Haynes on Main, Carol Haynes.

There are bars just outside Mackinaw's limits, but they are on county property.

Village President Craig Friend says any tax earned at Haynes will stay directly within the village.

"I don't think it's going to line the streets with gold and stuff, but I think it will definitely help out with the last two bills the state government passed taking away revenue from local municipalities,” Friend says. “That is going to help some."

Friend expects the estimated five to ten percent boost in revenue to go to parks and village services.

Co-owners of the bar Carol and Patrick Haynes say residents will also benefit directly from a relaxing atmosphere, without the loud band performances in the nearby county establishments.

"We're going to have some music venues, but it will be more acoustic type, you know, a one-man band with a guitar,” Haynes explains. “Everybody in Mackinaw would frequent a lot of the bars in little towns like Danvers and Minier and Morton and Tremont."

The new business owners hope potential customers in neighboring towns will return the favor, bringing even more revenue to the village when Haynes on Main plans to open early next month.

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