F’ville Council headed toward OK of relaxed alcohol regulations

Do you want to drink later in Fayetteville or stop in for a “growler” to go or maybe attend a wine tasting event? These are some of the proposed changes to the city’s alcohol ordinance the Fayetteville City Council heard on Sept. 6 and will likely vote on later this month.

The council on Sept. 6 heard the first reading of a proposal that would add several amendments to the city’s alcohol ordinance. The proposed changes, said city Director of Community Development Brian Wismer, were the result of conversations from the council retreat in March.

One of the proposed amendments 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 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 fundraising.

Still another new amendment deals with businesses selling “growlers,” a large bottle sealed from a malt beverage tap and sold to the public 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, the amendment would allow for sampling in conjunction with potential purchases, Wismer said.

Also up for consideration is a change that 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.

Wismer said city staff believes 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 ongoing plan for the Main Street Historic District, said Wismer.

The amended ordinance will be up for a vote at the Sept. 20 meeting.

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When will Fayetteville finally catch up and allow liquor sales?

Then Georgia needs to cease on the restriction on liquor sales in liquor stores. The most amazing thing to me when living in California was being able to buy mixers AND the liquor at the grocery store. Freedom!

Zoes

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California is not freedom - New Hampshire is

Buying liquor in grocery stores is not freedom - that's convenience.
In New Hampshire they still have liquor stores owned by the state. Sounds like a step in the wrong direction doesn't it? But the tradeoff is cheaper liquor (about $5) and no state income tax at all! And because of geography, people from Maine and Massachusetts flock to those stores and help New Hampshire's revenues.

Try to get that done in the bible belt.

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I believe Carolina has state run booze stores...

I would venture to say that the laws regarding liquor sales are different in some way between all the states. Crazy stuff.

It's no big deal. I keep a nice supply on hand at all times, especially handy for reading Pumpkins diatribes. :)

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Spyglass & Carolina Booze

North Carolina sells booze via their state-run "Alcoholic Beverage Control" (ABC) stores. Don't know about SC, but at one time you couldn't pour from a bottle at a Bar--they only sold minatures!

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I remember the mini bottles in South Carolina..

A long island tea was 4 minis....

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I think pumpkin also keeps a nice big supply on hand

if you know what I mean. And if she really is Mrs. Haddix, who can blame her?

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mudcat-Liquor stores

You reminded me of one of the forever funny stories of the difference between NH and Ma.

Back in 2009, a Ma. state legislator was caught (on camera) at a NH state liquors store on the highway buying cases of liquor. Wouldn't have been any big deal, except he had just voted with the majority of the Taxachusetts legislators to raise the tax on booze in Ma. by 25%, much to the dismay of those living in Ma. But then, those that live in Ma. always have something to be dismayed about.

http://bostonherald.com/news/politics/view/20090901pol_nabbed_on_new_ham...

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Funny stuff. Not unusual at all.

The NH liquor stores draw these people like flies to honey - or is it the other way around?

The Dems in MA are the funniest and most corrupt group of people on the planet. Read the Boston Herald (not the Globe) and learn about those clowns. Can also learn about why that state has the problems it does.

Might be good if we learned from that and didn't repeat the mistake here in GA by electing a bunch of stupid Dem's to run the state. Live and learn.

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Zoes do you hear that Thumping noise outside, Welcome to the Bible belt!