Greenwood restaurant patrons may soon be able to enjoy a glass of wine — or something stiffer — with their Sunday meals.
That’s if the Greenwood City Council decides to change its ordinance to allow restaurants to sell those alcoholic beverages on Sundays.
Presently, the sale of alcoholic beverages, other than beer, is prohibited at restaurants, bars and other on-premises locations on Sundays.
“Several of the restaurant owners have approached me and asked me why they have liquor licenses and they can sell (liquor) Monday through Saturday but they cannot sell on Sundays,” McAdams told the City Council Tuesday.
She handed each council member a sheet listing dozens of Mississippi cities that allow restaurants to sell alcoholic beverages on Sundays, including Cleveland, Clarksdale and Grenada.
McAdams recommended that Greenwood do the same, proposing that the current restriction on Sundays be lifted from 10 a.m. to midnight.
“We are a destination, a tourism destination,” she said. “People are aggravated by the fact that they can’t go on Sunday morning to one of our restaurants and get an alcoholic beverage of their choice.”
Council President Ronnie Stevenson agreed.
“I feel personally we’re losing business, the city, because we don’t have this law,” Stevenson said, recounting how a sister-in-law of his was surprised that they couldn’t buy alcoholic beverages at The Crystal Grill with their meals one Sunday.
“Everybody surrounding us is doing it,” Stevenson said. “There’s a lot of things we’re behind on, and this is one of them. ... Everybody is making money around us but us.”
Ward 7’s Carl Palmer also indicated his support for changing the ordinance.
“It becomes incumbent on us to take us out of the past and into the future,” he said.
Should the council vote to make the change, according to McAdams, it would still have to go to the Mississippi Department of Revenue for approval. Then there would be a 30-day waiting period before the change would take effect. Altogether, she estimated it would be “at least a two-month process.”
None of the six council members present expressed reservations with the proposed change.
Ward 6’s David Jordan was absent from the meeting. Jordan is also a state senator who is currently serving in the Legislature’s 2019 session.
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