Liquor by the drink will boost businesses in Sylvester
SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) -
leaders in Sylvester believe that their restrictions on alcohol are preventing
them from attracting new restaurants to the city. One city council member says
it time to change that by allowing liquor by the drink.
Folks in Sylvester can drink just about anything they want in
restaurants, except hard liquor. There are no liquor stores in the city and
establishments are limited on what they can sell.
"So that's what I want. Something better for our city. So we
can move into the 21st Century," said Councilman Larry Johnson.
Larry Johnson says its 20 miles in each direction to get something
more than an ordinary drink. Which is why he's proposing a possible referendum
for restaurants and bars to sell liquor by the drink.
Right now, restaurants can only sell beer and wine, but the liquor
by the drink will stop people from going to other cities," said Larry
Johnson says he'd rather have people spend their money right here
in the city.
"Take Albany, they doing it. People from Sylvester go to
Albany and Moultrie and do the same thing. So I want them to be able to do it
here in Sylvester," said Larry Johnson.
Johnson says many businesses have expressed interest in selling
liquor by the drink and not having it at all is impacting locally owned
"Right now they serve beer and wine, but the hard liquor no
and that hurt them also. So we want to provide that for our restaurants," said
Johnson says this proposal is not about revenue, but it could help
give the city an economic boost.
"Well that's the problem. We won't be able to get a big chain
restaurant," said Larry Johnson.
Not only could this
attract big chain restaurants, but also residents who continue to dine outside
The city of
Sylvester plans to hold a public hearing on liquor by the drink in the future.
Larry Johnson hopes to have this proposal on the November ballot.