MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - Businesses in downtown Mitchell will now have the option to wine and dine customers on city sidewalks.

The Mitchell City Council on Monday voted 5-2 to approve an ordinance to allow the sale of wine at certain outdoor areas in the city's downtown.

The Daily Republic reports that several residents spoke for and against the ordinance. Restaurant owner Geri Beck said her business would benefit from the rule and believes opponents are exaggerating possible problems from the sale of wine.

The Rev. Carroll Torberson told the council he believes it will lead to an expansion of alcohol sales and asked, "Where does it end?"

The ordinance limits the service to wine and prohibits sales during Corn Palace Festival week.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.