FOR OVER 70 YEARS, THE LARCO NAME HAS BEEN
SYNONYMOUS WITH AWESOME STEAKS, CHOPS
AND TRADITIONAL ITALIAN DINING FARE.
We're Glad You Found Us!
WE ARE NOW SERVING ALCOHOL BY THE GLASS!
Sylvan Lake Residents, by a resounding 83% - voted to allow us to serve liquor by the glass to our diners.
This represents a victory for those who have been patronizing Larco Restaurants since the 1940's and is utterly history-making - as no restaurant since Prohibition has served alcoholic beverages by the glass in this community.
OAKLAND PRESS - Mike Larco’s A La Carte in Sylvan Lake. Co-owners Paul Mousley and Tori Larco recently received a liquor license from the city which hasn’t allowed it since prohibition. Wednesday, June 18, 2014.
Tim Thompson-The Oakland Press
No one, not even the
owners of Mike Larco’s A La Carte, 2440 Orchard Lake Road, expected that the
City of Sylvan Lake would ever allow liquor licenses for restaurants to sell
liquor by the glass.
But history has been
made, as Larco’s was recently granted the very first restaurant liquor license
– the first to have one since prohibition.
feat was no easy task. In 1919 prohibition banned the sale of spirits across
the nation. When prohibition was repealed, communities were given an
opportunity to legislate sales in their communities.
Sylvan Lake opted to
retain the prohibition ban on the sale of liquor by the glass. Despite two
earlier attempts since then to overturn this rule, the residents of Sylvan Lake
voted down proposals by narrow margins.
The owners of Larco’s
were determined to get a new proposal on the ballot and persuade the public
that selling liquor by the glass would be a positive thing for the city.
First, owners Paul
Mousley and Tori Larco went before the Sylvan Lake city council and petitioned
to be allowed to sell liquor by the glass in the restaurant.
Although Larco’s had
the council’s support, the council decided to allow the citizens of Sylvan Lake
to make the final decision. To get the proposal on the ballot Larco’s first had
to collect signatures from Sylvan Lake residents in support of the proposal for
the next ballot.
Over the next couple
of months Larco’s workers, friends, and City Council collected enough
signatures, then the proposal was added to the November 2013 election to vote
to allow the sale of liquor by the glass.
“I remember that
Election Day like it was yesterday,” says Mousley. “We spent the entire day at
the polls encouraging a positive vote and after it was over, the results of the
election were approximately 80 percent in favor and 20 percent against.
“For the first time
in nearly 95 years liquor by the glass became legal in Sylvan Lake,” Mousley
said. “But our quest was just beginning. With the new law in place, we returned
to city council and the planning commission to petition to allow liquor sales
in our restaurant. After a number of once a month meetings, the city drafted
its own regulations and ordinances regarding the sale of liquor by the glass in
“Now armed with the
positive vote and new local legislation we appeared before the city council
asking for permission to serve liquor by the glass. By unanimous consent, we
were granted that right and thus became the first establishment legally allowed
to sell spirits by the glass in Sylvan Lake.
“We made history and
paved the way for other establishments to possibly sell liquor by the glass.
However, each new applicant will have to go through a similar process with the
city council and planning commission as we did.”
Diners have been
served Italian cuisine at one Larco’s or another for more than 60 years and
their latest endeavor, Mike Larco’s a la carte, was started in 2012.
All the favorite
Larco family dishes from yesteryear, originated by founding Larco Brothers,
Pete, Nick and Mike, are on the menu, along with some newer ones.
The new twist is in
the new name, in that all menu items are featured a la carte.
THESE ARE OUR HOURS OF OPERATION
||3:00 PM to 10:00 PM
||3:00 PM to 10:00 PM
||3:00 PM to 10:00 PM
||3:00 PM to 11:00 PM
||4:00 PM to 11:00 PM
||3:00 PM to 9:00 PM
WE ARE CLOSED ON MONDAYS
DON'T FORGET TO DROP BY OUR
FROM 3 to 6 PM
TUESDAY - FRIDAY
Food items starting at $4.95
Draft Beer starting at $1.50
Bottled Beer starting at $1.75
Wine starting at $3.00 a glass