Bowling Green Discusses Change in Alcohol Law That Could Affect Small Restaurants

By: Melissa Warren Email
By: Melissa Warren Email

"These restaurants that are affected are small, locally owned restaurants.  There's no big chain restaurant that's being hindered and can't serve alcohol on Sundays right now," said Poling.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- The Bowling Green City Commission discussed a proposal on Tuesday that would change how alcohol-related laws could impact small restaurants.

Neighboring restaurants, Home Cafe and Lost River Pizza Co., in Bowling Green have a lot in common. They differ in the number of seats inside. That number determines whether they can serve alcohol on Sundays.

"You kind of see a melting pot of an atmosphere here, so it's good to be able to serve alcohol on Sundays so we can cater to almost every part of the market," said Lost River Pizza Co. Assistant Manager Cody Alexander.

Lost River Pizza Co. has just enough seating to meet the city's standard for serving alcohol. The Home Cafe has less than 100 seats, meaning it cannot serve on Sundays.

"It wouldn't make a lot of difference during our brunch service, but for private parties rented out on a Sunday night, it really hinders us not to be able to serve alcohol. Obviously Home Cafe is not the place anybody is going to come and just throw down, but to have a nice dinner, which is what we do when we rent out catered events. We have several courses and to not be able to pair wine or beer with it, not only hinders the business, but from a chef's perspective, it really hinders the food I can serve," said Home Cafe Owner Josh Poling.

Anderson said the ability to serve on Sundays has a huge impact on business at Lost River Pizza Co.

"Nobody really wants to go home and cook on their day off, so a lot of people like to go out and eat and have us cook for them or other restaurants cook for them. It's a great day to see football, so if you're allowed to serve alcohol, you actually see longer tickets. Tables stay a lot longer, and you see an increase in sales," said Anderson.

Poling says the current law makes it difficult for local restaurants.

"These restaurants that are affected are small, locally owned restaurants. There's no big chain restaurant that are being hindered and can't serve alcohol on Sundays right now," said Poling.

Poling said he'd like to see a change that would level that playing field. Anderson said from a fellow local restaurant's perspective, he wouldn't mind seeing that playing field be leveled.


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