Columbus to change alcoholic beverage ordinance

The city of Columbus may allow restaurants to sell alcoholic beverages in banned areas under an amendment to the alcoholic beverage ordinance.

During Tuesday’s Columbus Council meeting, Deputy City Manager David Arrington presented a plan to allow traditional restaurants in banned areas if they collect at least 80 percent of their gross revenue from the sales of meals prepared and served on the premises.

The amendment is presented a year after South Columbus businesses approached the city about alcoholic beverage licenses for businesses that don’t meet the 300-foot rule when located near public parks, residential homes, schools and churches. If the ordinance is approved, businesses that meet the guidelines of a traditional restaurant would be allowed to sell alcohol even if they don’t meet the distance requirement.

The 10-member council will consider the ordinance Feb . 24. A public hearing will be held next week in the Columbus Council chambers.