Columbus Council holds a public hearing Tuesday on a proposed change to the alcoholic beverage code that would allow a "traditional restaurant" to serve intoxicating beverages near churches and schools, removing a restriction in the law that prohibits licensing a business closer than 300 feet to such sensitive sites.
The change is intended to make more locations available for restaurants that derive most of their profits from selling food, not liquor.
If council votes to amend the law, then a restaurant may occupy a site within 300 feet of a church or school as long as the business gets 80 percent of its revenue from food sales, offers no adult entertainment nor any live entertainment, charges no admission and allows no tournaments or "contests of skill, dexterity, strength or talent."
Council meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in its chambers on the plaza level of the Columbus Government Center.
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