Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Atlanta City Council passes 'specialty food shop' legislation

Posted By on Tue, Mar 17, 2009 at 5:41 PM

Lovers of gourmet food and booze rejoice: That quaint store where you could buy luxurious-sounding grub — but not wine — may soon be able to legally stock booze.

Yesterday, the Atlanta City Council passed legislation that would allow such gourmet food shops as the Cabbagetown Market and the Mercantile on DeKalb Avenue to stock beer, wine and malt beverages. The legislation, which essentially now gives those and similar stores a legal classification in the city's code, was penned by Councilmember Natalyn Archibong and passed 8-2. Such stores won't be allowed to sell lotto tickets or "other games of chance," gasoline or tobacco. They also can't operate drive-thru windows or cash checks. But bring on the booze!

If she chooses, Mayor Shirley Franklin has eight days to veto the bill.

To peruse Archibong's bill, laden with good ole fashioned legalese and multiple uses of "whereas," click here. Keep in mind that an amendment — supposedly a minor tweak — was added to the legislation. I'm waiting on Archibong's staff to return a call and clarify what in entails.

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