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Alcohol control commission to discuss food-to-drink ratio Monday

Sunday, July 16, 2023–7:12 p.m.

-David Crowder, WRGA News-

The Rome Alcohol Control Commission is expected to discuss the city’s 50-50 food-to-drink ratio when it meets on Monday.

Unless a variance is granted, establishments in the City of Rome that sell distilled spirits by the drink must also be a restaurant, selling at least as much food as liquor. The ratio does not apply to beer and wine.

A recent hearing, in which the ACC voted to suspend the alcohol license for Peaches for failing to meet that requirement, also included a discussion about t possibly amending the food-to-drink ratio, after conducting a study of similar-sized cities to see what they are doing.

Rome City Clerk Joe Smith admits that the alcohol ordinance has changed over time, noting that it used to be 70% food sales and included beer and wine.

Also during Monday’s meeting, which begins at 5 p.m. in the second-floor meeting room at Rome City Hall, the ACC will consider a new beer and wine package license request at The Calhoun Ave Inc. at 618 Calhoun Avenue, and a new liquor pouring license request at Turn Up, 1103 Calhoun Avenue, which has had a beer and wine pouring license since 2022.

The ACC will also consider a request for temporary extended service hours for Alibi at 214 Broad Street.