By Eric Curl
Patrons of Spudnik on Broughton Street who haven’t turned 21 will continue to be able to eat their baked potatoes in peace late into the evening.
The city is no longer considering a requirement that alcohol-serving restaurants, such as Andrew Wanamaker’s carb-centric eatery, boot underage customers at 10 p.m. when they’re not accompanied by a parent or guardian.
On Tuesday, city spokesman Bret Bell said the concerns of business owners such as Wanamaker prompted the city to reconsider the 10 p.m. rule and other proposed changes to Savannah’s alcohol ordinance that were presented for feedback in late August.
Some issues are still being considered, but Bell said the city wanted to keep the public updated by providing the latest plans for the ordinance.
“The process is still going on,” he said. “No changes have been made yet.”
The updated revisions include:
- The removal of a requirement that would have forced anyone under 21 to leave an establishment that serves alcohol at 10 p.m. when they’re not accompanied by a parent or guardian.
- The removal of a requirement that alcohol-serving establishments hire security and purchase an additional license for operations after midnight. Instead, only businesses that have had problems would have to provide such security.
- The allowance of minors into a business that serves complimentary alcohol such as a hair salon that gives free wine to customers.
- The expansion of residency requirement for the managers from within the city to a 50-mile radius around the establishment.
“We’re encouraged,” Vaquer said. “Stepping back is a step in the right direction.”
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