City Council Extends Alcohol Serving Hours to 2 amAugust 26th, 2011 by Mandy Moss
The City Council voted to allow private clubs in Monticello to serve alcohol until 2:00am, extending the time in which alcohol may be served by one hour. Alderman Tim Chase voted “no” for the extension. All other council members voted “yes.”
A request was made last month by Linda Thurman, of the All-Star Club, to remain open until 2 am, like “the River” bar does. “The River” is located just across the city limit boundary.
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At their Thursday night council meeting, Linda Thurman, representing the All-Star Sports Club, asked the city council to reverse their earlier ordinance requiring bars to close at 1 am. Thurman said, “I was penalized for something I didn’t do,” referring to issues associated with the former Chocolate Factory private club, located near East Gaines on South Conley St.
Thurman quoted her daughter’s conversation with Sheriff Mark Gober, saying that the county “was not going to address it (The River) because they need money for the county.”
Thurman told the group that All-Star is the only bar affected by this ordinance. The River and the County Club are outside of the Monticello city limits.
At the 5:00 mark on the video, Thurman told the council that the bowling alley recently held a “bring your own bottle” party, which lasted until after 2:30 am, and was held without a permit. It had been publicized on FaceBook. The BYOB party, according to Thurman, had a $15 cover charge. She added that she was told the police gave them permission to hold the party, and that she thought minors and children were at the bowling alley.
Thurman’s other comments included, “I run a good club, with good bands, “A lot of people come to listen to the bands and drink water,” “When customers leave, they haven’t paid the bartenders, because the are mad that we’re making them leave. They don’t understand that the city council controls the hours.” She also mentioned fundraisers, like the one that they recently held for a seriously injured bartender, as well as her intentions to be open on specific Sundays, like Super Bowl Sunday and New Year’s.
She also told them that she was concerned that The River would take all of the bands that All-Star has, because they can stay open until 2 am, and that they provide foodservice.
The city counvil voted 7-1 to ammend the previous ordinance at next month’s meeting. Alderman Tim Chase was the only council member to oppose the change.
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