Williamsburg and Corbin look to next step after alcohol vote

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

City leaders say in Williamsburg and Corbin say it's a step forward.

Both cities are taking the next steps after voters in their city approved some type of alcohol sales.

They hope to see not only expanded alcohol sales, but also an expanded economy.

Voters in Williamsburg narrowly approved liquor by the drink sales in restaurants, now it's up to city leaders to put together an ordinance about how restaurants will be regulated.

Mayor Roddy Harrison is not sure if seven day sales will be included in the ordinance, but he is optimistic about what these sales will mean for the city.

"Now we will be perceived as forward thinkers, and what the restaurants will bring is other things as well," said Mayor Harrison.

Williamsburg is working on their ordinance that should be completed and passed in May.

Corbin passed their ordinance on Wednesday, and it will go into law this weekend.

"What this does is open up a number of other stores including packaged stores. And in our case that includes three stores based on our population," said Corbin City Manager Mike Phillips.

In the new ordinance restaurants in Corbin will now be allowed to sale alcohol on Sunday, a change from when the city was only moist.

Both Corbin and Williamsburg hope to see some new restaurants and businesses come in that will ultimately boost the economy.

Mayor Harrison says a few restaurants in Williamsburg may be able to apply for permits.

Under Corbin's ordinance, special permits for things like the NIBROC festival could be given.

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