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Last call for alcohol: Alcohol sale restrictions begin for bars, restaurants

(WPMI) Last call for alcohol: Alcohol sale restrictions begin for bars, restaurants
(WPMI) Last call for alcohol: Alcohol sale restrictions begin for bars, restaurants

The Alabama ABC Board’s new restrictions went into effect on Saturday at 11 p.m.

The Alabama ABC Board said under those new restrictions bars, restaurants, and entertainment venues cannot serve alcohol past 11 p.m. for the next 120 days.

“If there’s a silver lining to it, at least we have the opportunity to try to do some business versus a complete shut down,” Pat’s Bar Owner Mike Piercy said.

The restrictions also state that all alcoholic beverages have to be consumed by 11:30 p.m. Several downtown businesses, like Lit Cigar Lounge, have adjusted their hours to make sure that happens.

“10:40 last call, 11 o’clock no more alcohol, and 11:30 everyone has to leave. And I agree with that because that’s the law, but bars and things like that we don’t get busy until those hours. It’s definitely going to impact us,” Rachel McGaillard said.

Piercy said missing out on the sales they would normally have between 11 p.m and 2 a.m. is what’s going to hurt the most.

“I probably do 80% of my business after 10 o’clock at night, and I just don’t know if people are going to come out knowing establishments have to stop alcohol sales at 11,” Piercy said.

Piercy said he plans to try and open earlier and utilize his kitchen more for happy hour specials to bring more people in, but he’s not sure if his business is going to make it.

“If they go the full 120 days, I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep my doors open. I’ve been open 19 years, and I wanted the last day to be under my control, and not someone else’s,” Piercy said.

NBC 15 checked in with the Mobile Police Department to see if they will have a hand in the enforcement of these rules, but did not receive and answer about that on Saturday.

Piercy said he believes the Alabama ABC Board will most likely be the ones to enforce the rules.