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The Madam Carroll to regulate alcohol sales

A new state law going into effect next week lifts some of the restrictions about alcohol sales on the Madam Carroll.

Posted: Jun 24, 2019 5:25 PM
Updated: Jun 24, 2019 6:25 PM

WHITE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)—If you've ever wanted to stop by the Madam Carroll to enjoy a drink or a meal you'll be able to. House Bill 1518 goes into effect July 1st and even in the winter months the Queen of lake Freeman will be in business.

State Senator Ron Alting spoke at the Madam Carroll on Monday about the impact it will have on visitors to Lake Freeman.

"The queen of lake Freeman. I know I love it, the Madam."

Winter season will no longer be off season for the Madam Carroll.

 "In the winter months where they were closed five to six months they can be open and do a brunch," said State Senator Ron Alting. "They can be open for a restaurant. Whatever they choose to be. Therefore they get income twelve months a year."

House Bill 1518 allows the boat's operators to sell alcohol without having to cruise.

 "Patrons can come on anywhere from Chicago, Illinois down to Indianapolis and enjoy drinks on the boat, music when we are not cruising," said Co-owner Chris Peters. 

Previously, they could only sell alcohol an hour before a cruise and during. Co-owner Chris Peters believes this will be a great thing for the Madam Carroll.

 "Normally the end of the season at the latest the end of October is typically when the boat came out of the water," said Peters. "So we're pretty excited about it."

Tina Miller has worked on the boat for seven years. She says people ask all the time if they can stop for drink in the winter.

"It's going to be great for the neighborhood," said Miller.  "I mean we the same people at the other establishments and they still go there. But it's nice cause we'll have the three now. People are going to be so excited."

Co-owners and workers at the Madam Carroll already have events booked for the month of December. If you'd like to stop by to enjoy a drink or a meal, you'll be able to do that starting July 10th. 

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