Happy hour can come to Robinson after residents voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to allow restaurants with food-and-beverage licenses to sell alcohol.

The measure passed 81.27 percent to 18.73 percent to allow the legal sale of mixed beverages in restaurants by food-and-beverage license holders.

Residents cast 3,997 votes in favor and 921 votes against.

There were 263 people who could have vote for or against the measure who opted not too choose either way.

The city council will also have one new face. Three incumbents ran unopposed, and newcomer Steven Tindell will fill the seat of council member Doye Baker, who opted to not run for re-election.

Bert Echterling, Jim Mastergeorge and Jeremy Stivener will retain their seats.

The council will select the mayor at its next meeting.

Resident Donna Hartstack was among the volunteers to help lead the effort to get the local option measure on the ballot.

Volunteers were able to collect 1,190 signatures from supportive registered voters, 130 more signatures than required to get the measure on the ballot.

Hartstack said the election results were amazing.

“I’m just so excited and I’m just so happy for our volunteers because they really worked hard,” she said.

This wasn’t Robinson residents’ first attempt to expand alcohol sales in the city.

In 2014, volunteers tried but failed to collect enough signatures to get the measure on the ballot.

Alcohol sales restrictions can be determined countywide, in a city or in an individual justice of the peace precinct.

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