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Fili's Pizza. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

Fili’s Pizza. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

Legal alcohol sales have come to Bethel. Fili’s Pizza restaurant received its first alcohol shipment and began selling beer and wine when the eatery opened at 11 a.m. today.

As of 1:30 p.m. the restaurant says it’s sold three alcoholic beverages, marking the first legally sold alcohol in Bethel in over 40 years. Read more →

Fili's Pizza. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

Fili’s Pizza. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

The first alcohol that will be legally sold in Bethel in over 40 years is making its way to town.

Fili’s Pizza restaurant received its alcohol license from the Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board this week. Restaurant owner Fili Saliu says the license arrived in the mail Wednesday, and the restaurant placed its first wine and beer order that evening. Saliu is waiting for the shipment to arrive, which he says could be as early as today or as late as Monday. Read more →

Fili's Pizza. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

Fili’s Pizza. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

Next month, Bethel could hold its first restaurant liquor license in decades. March 6 marks the final day Bethel City Council can protest the Fili’s Pizza liquor license application. The council rejected that action at Tuesday’s regularly scheduled meeting, its final meeting before the protest deadline. Read more →

The former Swanson’s marina space on Front Street. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

750 Front Street. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

Today the Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board is considering two Bethel liquor license applications, and Bethel City Council has requests to the board on both.

One application is for a package liquor store for Bethel Native Corporation’s Bethel Spirits, and the other is for Fili’s Pizza restaurant. Read more →

The former Swanson’s marina space on Front Street. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

The former Swanson’s marina space on Front Street. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

The Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board is considering two liquor license applications for Bethel next week: one for a package liquor store for Bethel Native Corporation’s subsidiary Bethel Spirits LLC and another for Fili’s Pizza restaurant.

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BNC Kipusvik facility. Photo by Myka Kernak / KYUK.

BNC Kipusvik facility. (Photo by Myka Kernak / KYUK.)

Bethel Native Corporation is working on an alternative location for its liquor license.

The corporation received the license from the Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board in November for its Kipusvik building. Last week, BNC leased the same building to the Lower Kuskokwim School District to house the Ayaprun Yup’ik immersion program for three to five years until a new school is constructed. Read more →

Bethel City Council discusses the proposed ordinance overhauling the city's alcohol laws. Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK.

Bethel City Council discusses the proposed ordinance overhauling the city’s alcohol laws. Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK.

After two months of debating and amending, Bethel has new alcohol laws on the books. The change comes less than a week after legal sales came to town in the form of two liquor licenses. Read more →

BNC Kipusvik facility. Photo by Myka Kernak / KYUK.

BNC Kipusvik facility, the proposed Bethel Spirits site. Photo by Myka Kernak / KYUK.

Bethel has received its second liquor license in one day in a unanimous vote by the Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

The license goes to the Bethel Native Corporation’s subsidiary Bethel Spirits LLC to open a package liquor store  in the Kipusvik building under the stipulation that BNC moves the main entrance of the store to comply with Bethel municipal code. Read more →

BNC Kipusvik facility. Photo by Myka Kernak / KYUK.

BNC Kipusvik facility, the proposed Bethel Spirits site. Photo by Myka Kernak / KYUK.

On Thursday, Nov. 19, the Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board will review two Bethel liquor license applications—one for AC Quickstop and another for Bethel Native Corporation. Bethel has not had a liquor store for over 40 years.

The meeting will take place in Anchorage, and Bethel residents can call-in to listen and provide public comment. Read more →

BNC Kipusvik facility. Photo by Myka Kernak / KYUK.

BNC Kipusvik facility. Photo by Myka Kernak / KYUK.

The Lower Kuskokwim School District is looking for solutions to house Ayaprun Elitnaurvik Yup’ik immersion classes under one roof. The district is approaching the Bethel Native Corporation about using its Kipusvik facility for what the district is calling a medium-term solution—an option that can last until a new school is constructed. Read more →