Gatlinburg says no to a new distillery

Gatlinburg, TN (Source:Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The City of Gatlinburg has said no to a new distillery hoping to open on the Parkway and has set a limit on how many more can open in the future.

According to Mayor Mike Werner, the commission felt another business similar to the two other open distilleries could give a negative impact on the city.

"That's sort of a unique thing and sort of a novelty. but the last thing we want is these moonshine stills up and down the parkway," said Werner. "We're a family friendly resort town and the image that we want to present is just that. And we've spent millions of dollars over so many years of branding Gatlinburg as that."

He says the new business would have been located less than 1,000 feet from Ole Smoky Moonshine. Werner says current city ordinance says these types of businesses would have to be at least 1,000 feet apart.

The city will allow up to 4 distilleries, and 6 package stores to be open in the city, but the 1,000 feet rule is still in effect.

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