Restaurants File To Sell Alcohol

By: Danielle Morgan Email
By: Danielle Morgan Email

They're hoping to be the first restaurants in recent history to sell alcohol in their town.

Friday, the Whitesburg City Council passed the second reading of an ordinance to allow certain restaurants to sell alcohol and while many say they can't wait to get started there's still some work to do.

This drink of the south, sweet tea, could soon get bumped in some Whitesburg restaurants.

“I can't wait to serve the first Italian Wine or Kentucky Wine!” Josephine Richardson said.

Co-owner of the courthouse café, Josephine D'amato Richardson says she's ready for the responsibilities that come with selling alcohol.

The first thing she and her partner did was become incorporated.

Mayor James Wiley Craft said it’s a red letter day for Whitesburg, after the city council unanimously passed the final reading of a city ordinance to set regulations on the sales.

The ordinance sets a one-thousand dollar licensing fee for restaurants and a six percent tax of gross receipts.

Restaurants can only sell Monday through Saturday from six am to midnight, unless New Year’s Eve falls on a Sunday.

To control alcohol abuse and underage drinking, anyone who serves a drink, must complete the state STAR program for responsibility.

So far Mayor Craft says the four restaurants that filed public notice to file for an ABC license are the Courthouse Cafe, Pizza Hut, the Starlite Cafe and La Pena's Mexican Restaurant.

He says if approved for a license, the first drink could be sold June 19th.

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