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Popular Rural Hangout May Have A New Lease On Life


The store is a popular weekend hangout.

The store is a popular weekend hangout.

MCLENNAN COUNTY (December 13, 2013) A Waco-McLennan County Public Health District ultimatum about a leaky dumpster may not be the final straw for Al’s Tokio Store after all.

Owner Al Cinek faces a Monday deadline to get a new dumpster and to pour a concrete slab with curbs to contain any leakage and also to run water to the dumpster site so any leakage could be cleaned up.

If the problem isn’t fixed, the health district will suspend his food permit.

Cinek said the improvements would cost about $1,000, but on top of that he’s also been told he needs to install a water meter, which he says would cost nearly $4,000.

He said Thursday it appeared he may have to shut down the store he’s owned for the last five years.

But on Friday, he asked the health district for an extension after friends and performers including Texas legend Billy Joe Shaver offered to help come up with the money he needs to keep the store open.

The store five miles southwest of West, which dates back to the late 1800s, is a popular weekend hangout for bikers and visitors who come to "drink beer, and have good clean fun" Cinek said.


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