Guyton City Council members will be holding a workshop on the city’s current alcohol laws after a restaurant owner asked about his proposal to sell beer and wine by the drink at his establishment.
City Attorney Ramona Bartos has submitted a memorandum of her research to city council members and is awaiting their guidance, she said.
“She gave us a list of questions she wants us to discuss,” Alderman Les Pevey said.
Those questions include the hours of operation and sales, and city council members also may have to determine the amount for a by-the-drink license.
“There are a lot of things we need to go over,” Alderman Phillip King said.
Olive Branch restaurant owner Demetrios Sotiropoulos wants to add wine and beer by the drink to his menu. He told council members he would not allow to-go cups and that all drinks would be served indoors with meals.
“There’s not going to be a bar put in,” he said. “I have no plans on building a bar, and I don’t want people coming in there drinking if they are not going to be eating.
“I guarantee there will be no bar. I’ve had enough of the bar business. I just want a nice, peaceful restaurant.”
Sotiropoulos is remodeling the restaurant and said he still has a lot of work to do before he’s ready to begin offering beer and wine by the glass, if the council approves it.
He also said Mayor Michael Garvin asked him if he would be able to put up a fence.
“I have no problem with that,” Sotiropoulos told council members. “I want to do everything I can to work to with you.”
The current ordinance also prohibits the sale of alcohol within 100 yards of a playground. A day care center nearby to the Olive Branch has a playground, but the ordinance does not make a distinction between public and private playgrounds, Bartos said.