The price of alcohol could be going up again, this time in restaurants and bars, the latest change as a result of the privatization of liquor sales in Washington.
This is a going to be a new problem for consumers, but it's one that local businesses have been dealing with for some time.
Come April, customers will be paying up to 15-percent more for alcoholic beverages at restaurants if the Washington State Liquor Control Board moves forward with making restaurants and bars pay the same tax that independent liquor stores are required to dish out.
While this may be another headache for consumers, it's been a problem for independent liquor stores much longer.
Greenacres Liquor Store on East Appleway has been in business for nearly 30 years, but business is not the same as it was before privatization went into effect in 2011. Owner Keith Peterson said before privatization his store was the distribution site for 50 restaurants in the area; after privatization he's down to six.
He said the fallout is due to restaurants going straight to the main distributor to avoid higher prices from independent stores required to pay the tax.