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Local bars await vote for Sunday alcohol sales


Local bar owners are wondering whether they will be serving alcohol next Sunday. The Georgia General Assembly is expected to vote Monday on a bill that will allow bars to serve alcohol on the Sunday before St. Patrick's Day.

Some bars are having a hard time planning ahead because many of them already put in their bulk alcohol orders for next weekend and if this bill passes, they will need even more alcohol.

Jinx bar manager Scott Johnsen says they order nearly triple the amount of alcohol for St. Patrick's Day but this year they may be placing an additional order.

With a vote coming down just days before the festivities begin, it doesn't give many local bars much time to plan.

 Johansen says they are in limbo right now wondering whether they will be open on Sunday.

"Honestly I think the state should [vote in favor]," said Johansen. "If they have certain holidays that bring in more revenue to the city, I mean you should make some exceptions."

And if the bill doesn't pass, some restaurant owners say they will be scrambling to stock up on more alcohol because all of the bars will be closed.

Right now, restaurants can serve alcohol on Sundays because they also serve food.

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