Bingo players may soon get their booze at DeJope.
Wednesday night, Madison's Alcohol License Review Committee unanimously approved a recommendation to grant the bingo hall a conditional alcohol permit.
The stipulation: smoking will not be allowed where alcohol is served.
Committee members say the permit is a compromise because the Ho Chunk Nation agreed to limit areas where alcohol is served, and limit the number of days that alcohol can be served in the large bingo hall.
Members also say they approved the permit because the tribe addressed all of their concerns along with those of the police department.
"We did provide all the information they needed to realize we would have very good security, very good surveillance, much more than any other place that serves alcohol," says Tracy Littlejohn, Public Relations Officer, Ho Chunk Nation.
The Madison Common Council will take up the recommendation at its next meeting.
Historically, the council has adopted ALRC recommendations.