LIMA — For decades, Ohio residents have enjoyed the privilege of going through drive-thru carry-outs and ordering items such as alcohol from the comfort of their car, but not every American has that luxury.
Ohio is one of only 30 states permitting drive-thru liquor and convenience stores.
Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Montana, Nevada, Mississippi, New Mexico, Nebraska, Hawaii, Alaska, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Vermont, Washington, Massachusetts are the 20 states that prohibit these establishments.
The Lima-area alone has at least eight different drive-thru carry-outs, including Suever’s Town House Drive Thru and Meat City Drive- Through.
Suever’s Town House Drive Thru, 944 E. Delphos St., has been around since 1976 and has been owned by Herb Suever for the past 21 years. The business offers chips, pop, candy, cold subs, beer, wine and pizza and salad from its restaurant.
Customers just drive through the establishment, park and provide the employee with their order. Or they can call in advance to order pizza or any of the food items.
“A lot of people from other states will drive by and just walk in and take pictures and either think that we are a drive-through car wash or a service station,” Suever said. “A couple of people stopped by and asked for them to check their oil.”
Meat City, a drive-thru and convenience store at 801 E Kibby St., Lima, known for its chicken, has been around 1976. It’s currently under new management with Lorrie Hicks, becoming the new store manager.
The business offers a variety of different hot foods, such as fried pork chops, fried chicken, potato wedges, fried fish, red beans and rice, collard greens, barbecue rib tips, mac and cheese, pizza and bread sticks.
Meat City sells cold meats such as New York strips, sirloin, rib-eye, turkey tails, chitlins, chicken paws, chick ears, turkey drums, bacon, ham, bologna and various other beef and pork products. The store also sells a variety of different cold cheeses. Customers can also choose from different meat packs.
The store also offers a variety of alcohol, including beer and wine.
Inside the store, there is a bill pay area for customers who need to pay their bills, and it sells common household items and grocery items such as cereal, milk, can vegetables and fruits, and much more.
The drive through is open 24 hours and the store is open from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.
“A lot of the people who live in this area are on a fixed or low income and don’t have transportation to get them where they want to go,” Hicks said. “We want to be a place where customers can come to get their grocery shopping done and anything else they need.”
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