Coming to F’ville: Longer drinking hours, fewer restrictions

Pretty soon you can legally drink your way into the next day, seven days a week, as the Fayetteville City Council on Sept. 6 will hear a proposal that would extend the times alcoholic beverages can be served and the percentage of food-to-alcohol sales in restaurants.

Other features of the proposed amendment to the alcohol ordinance would allow for the sale of “growlers” and for wine bars and wine tasting events.

The council will hear the first reading of a proposal to add several amendments to the city’s alcohol ordinance. Director of Community Development Brian Wismer said the proposals are a result of conversations from the council retreat earlier this year.

Among the proposed amendments are those that would allow alcohol to be served until 1 a.m. each night of the week. The ordinance currently requires that those sales end at midnight on Saturdays and Sundays.

Another proposed change deals with the percentage of alcohol-to-food sales in restaurants, cafes and dining facilities. The current standard requires that 75 percent of sales come from prepared foods. The proposal would drop the requirement to 60 percent. The proposal does not include wine bars, a new provision in the ordinance where a higher percentage of alcohol sales would apply.

Another new provision would allow wine tasting events and educational classes. Wismer said such events have become popular in some communities around the state and can be an effective tool for non-profit fund-raising.

Still another new amendment deals with businesses selling “growlers,” a large bottle sealed from a malt beverage tap and sold to the public. Growlers are sold for off-premises consumption. Wismer said stores that sell growlers specialize in craft and micro-brewed beer that can be largely unfamiliar to the general public. The ability to offer samples has been shown in other communities to be an effective way to promote sales of such offerings. Like wine tastings, this amendment would allow for sampling in conjunction with potential purchases, Wismer said.

Recommending approval of the amendment, Wismer said city staff feels that the proposed amendments will be beneficial to the city’s economic development and recruitment efforts and will allow certain businesses in other communities to now consider Fayetteville in their expansion plans. It also furthers the goals that are defined in the City’s Comprehensive Plan for the Main Street Historic District, said Wismer.

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Simmer down Shoebox

Ditto Kcchiefandy. You're getting a little over excited about one extra hour. If you think the town is going down over an hour...well maybe you need a drink to calm your nerves.

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Not just any drinking

but they will have rooftop drinking! Should be a ton o fun there!

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GET YOU DRUNK SO THAT THE CITY CAN GET YOUR MONEY.

Get you drunk so that the City can get your money. Is that the main purpose of this piece of crap the City is considering, ECONOMIC? More alcohol, more drunks on our city streets, more DUIs, more tragedies in the hospital ER, more shootings and deaths from more alcohol sales, more people in the county and city jails. WOW! Is that what they want? And what will the City Council do next when more money is needed by the City?

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Well, Shoebox, maybe they will legalize prostitution. Wasn't

there/isn't there some place out west called the something or other ranch, completely legal, carefully monitored, and highly profitable? Of course I do not know about this first hand but I do think I read about it or heard about it somewhere. This actually may be the answer to your concern about all the drunks on the street that extra hour. Perhaps if the House of Ill Repute (hmm, pretty good name if I do say so myself) offered specials during that extra hour each night our good old boys might partake of their offernings rather than hang around a nasty ole bar and drink. Maybe if they offered twofers--that seems to be working pretty good for Publix and Kroger's. Perhaps I should go to the next council meeting and make this proposal--it just might be a win, win proposition (no pun intended).

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MTM & Prostitution

Yes, the Ranch is still there in Nevada and doing well! I remember passing by it when I was driving from Las Vegas to Tonopah once--Didn't recognize much as I was probably somewhere around 90MPH! It's called "The Mustang Ranch".

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Well, Shoebox, maybe they will legalize prostitution. Wasn't

there/isn't there some place out west called the something or other ranch, completely legal, carefully monitored, and highly profitable? Of course I do not know about this first hand but I do think I read about it or heard about it somewhere. This actually may be the answer to your concern about all the drunks on the street that extra hour. Perhaps if the House of Ill Repute (hmm, pretty good name if I do say so myself) offered specials during that extra hour each night our good old boys might partake of their offernings rather than hang around a nasty ole bar and drink. Maybe if they offered twofers--that seems to be working pretty good for Publix and Kroger's. Perhaps I should go to the next council meeting and make this proposal--it just might be a win, win proposition (no pun intended).

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MTM & One For The Road

Your proposal sorta gives new meaning to that old saying,doesn't it?

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Yep, I figure if people are getting that upset about one more

hour, might as well give them something to get upset about. Just think, maybe we can convince the tattoo parlor to stay open and then all those inebriated good ole boys and girls can get a tat of MOM on the way home.

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Shoebox & "drunks on our city streets"

So tell us all, Buster Brown, how many do we have now?

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Brilliant take....

on this subject. I can't wait to read more of your musings.

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Yes, Shoebox, that is their plan.

Studies have shown that a whole 1 extra hour of drinking opportunity will push a sober person over the DUI level, so the city can 'get' them (there's NO way they'd get drunk before then!). Also, the locales that can now get a - pricey - liquor license will explode and will drastically increase the number of DUI's the city can 'get', because there certainly are NOT enough locations right now to do that.

It certainly isn't designed to be so businesses can keep consumers local to spend their money here, rather than PTC or Newnan, or Buckhead.