Pool Hall Turns Alcohol-Free

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A pool hall and bar in south Georgia is getting a makeover that involves not only new decorations, but a new atmosphere, an alcohol-free atmosphere, and for some that's a welcome change.

It's "last call for alcohol" at Lisa's Hideaway. The pool hall and bar has been around since the '50s.

Lisa Walte took over in 2003 and now she has a new vision for this Cairo staple. Walte will no longer serve alcohol.

Lisa says, "I'm extremely positive. I know it's a good thing and I know nothing but good can come out of it."

The hideaway will be transformed into a family pool hall and restaurant, a place Walte hopes will offer a nice atmosphere for people to enjoy.

Walte says, "I love this community and I want it to stay wholesome and good and friendly and positive, and I think this is a good place to start."

The sheriff says he hopes one less establishment in Cairo selling alcohol will have a positive effect on the community.

Sheriff Harry Young of the Grady County Sheriff's Office says, "I think it'll reduce our DUI in our county. I hope so. We are all for anything to help the people in this county to be safe. DUI on the road is very dangerous."

Although it's a small step, Walte says this is her positive contribution to the community.
It’s a new beginning for Walte and for her hideaway.

Walte will hold a pouring out ceremony at The Hideaway this Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m.