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Alcohol Sales Could Come Back To UTA Campus

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ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – There’s talk about bringing alcohol sales back to the University of Texas at Arlington campus.

Development of the $78 million College Park Center includes the possibility of a wide range of restaurants.

“One of the concepts that we’re exploring is a restaurant that would serve alcoholic beverages,” explained UTA Spokeswoman Kristen Sullivan. “Ideally there would be a range of restaurants, anything from pizza, to Mexican, to a sort of a sports bar and grill sort of a concept… more of a restaurant.”

There haven’t been alcoholic drinks available on the UT Arlington campus since the pub ‘Dry Gulch’ closed in 1992.

Sullivan said there’s a strong case for considering including establishments that serve alcohol. “The reason for this is that the events that will be attracted to this event center are broad in scope. They’re targeted at our entire community and really our region,” she said.

As it stands, UTA officials said talks with restaurants are in the preliminary stages and no contracts have been signed.

Plans for the College Park Center development also include a 7,000-seat home for UTA basketball and volleyball and residence halls for students.

The center is expected to be complete in late 2012.

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