Merkel Couple Hopes for Change

Published 08/08 2014 06:13PM

Updated 08/08 2014 11:07PM

Levy and his wife Chelsea are the owners of Ely's Pit Stop BBQ in downtown Merkel and they hope to one day sell beer in their restaurant.

"I mean, we need to grow in someway, and all of the surrounding areas are doing it," said Levy. "I mean it's not a bad thing at all to do."

They opened their business after he decided it was time to follow his calling.

"It's hard to quit a job after fourteen years," said Levi. "You know, just go right in the business but, she [Chelsea] has been pretty supportive on that deal and let me do it so."

Eli worked at a car dealership, but said barbeque was his passion, and his wife Chelsea was his biggest supporter.

But, once they got their business up and running, they realized something was missing.

"Beer and Barebeque, you know, they just kinda go together," said Chelsea.

So the pair started a petition.

"First thing you have to do is you have to turn in an application for the petition," said Chelsea. "You have to have ten signatures by registered voters in the city of Merkel."

So far the response they've received from fellow residents, has been pretty good.

"I've had an enormous response," said Chelsea. "I've had a lot of people wanting to sign the petition."

Some residents in Merkel don't seem to mind either. Stacy Darvy is the general manager at the Rhinestones & Gypsies Boutique located directly across the street from Ely's BBQ.

"I don't see any harm in it, I think it will bring more revenue to downtown, and it will be a good thing for Merkel," said Darvy.

The Ely's hope that the future change will bring much needed revenue to the city's downtown.

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