Alcohol To Be Served On New Year's Eve?

By: Ryan Dearbone Email
By: Ryan Dearbone Email

When the clock strikes midnight on the new year, several restaurants will be open ... and they'll be serving alcohol.

New Year's Eve is on a Sunday this year, which has some wondering who will be able to serve liquor on the day leading up to the New Year.

Steve Ellis, owner of Ellis place and State Street Pub isn't worried about it.

"Its not gonna affect us at all. We've had a Sunday liquor license since we've been open and we're in our 8th year," Ellis said.

The rule is if you already have a Sunday liquor license, then you can serve alcohol on New Year's Eve just like any other Sunday.

If you don't have one you can apply for a temporary permit, as long as the restaurant's food sales match the alcohol sales.

"Your food sales on an annual basis. Not a daily, not weekly, or monthly basis, your food sales have to equal your alcohol sales," Ellis said.

Bowling Green Mayor Elaine Walker said that the issue was only brought to her attention in recent days when a local bar owner asked if the city would allow special permission for bars to serve on New Year's Eve this year.

"I don't really think that its the kind of issue that the City Commission would take up unless we saw this tremendous groundswell of support for that," Mayor Walker said.

Walker said the issue would be one that would take a while to make a decision on.

It would require a vote from the City Commission as well as public input and final approval from the Alcohol Beverage Control group in Frankfort, Ky.

Mayor Walker said this is a situation that is really up to business owners when they know a holiday like this could fall on a Sunday.

For information on Sunday alcohol sales and the do's and don'ts of alcohol, click here.

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