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The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board approved another three bars to host Wednesday.
So a grand total of four bars can now run small-time gambling. Another 16 have applications still in process.
That's a far cry from the 2,000 applications the state expected to receive when lawmakers agreed to allow pull-tabs and similar games into the bars last year. . Gov. Tom Corbett's budget proposal estimates the games will earn 4 million for the state.
With each passing month, that looks like a harder number to reach.
The taverns approved for licenses Wednesday are:
Blind Hartman's Tavern in Berks County, the Red Zone Sports Bar and Grille in Juniata County and Jack's Tavern in Delaware County.
In the case of Jack's Tavern, the board approved the license on the condition the bar owners signs to a forbearance agreement. The board took the step saying it had a responsibility to ensure the financial stability and integrity of applicants.
Reached at Blind Hartman's Tavern after the vote, owner Sherry Martin said she was glad the board approved her, but said she's "still apprehensive about the whole process."
More beer in grocery store: While the privatization/modernization debate is stuck in neutral in the legislature, more grocery stores are getting to sell six-packs.
The LCB approved an "R" license for a Weis Market in Conshohocken. There are now 193 grocery stores with "R" licenses, allowing them to sell up to 12 carry-out beers.
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