The requirement states that liquor license applicants must place at least two advertisements on different days in a daily paper published in the city where legal advertisements are carried. The cost to place an advertisement can run from around $800 to $1,500 depending on the content or number of lines in the advertisement.
“This requirement proves to be very costly for restaurants, on top of all of the other fees associated with securing an alcohol license,” stated Karen Bremer, CEO of the Georgia Restaurant Association. “It is important to eliminate these excessive steps that restaurants have to take in order to get a liquor license.”
The GRA held a meeting with Councilmember Farokhi in early September where this issue was addressed. Councilmember Farokhi understood the concerns from the restaurant community and immediately proposed an ordinance on September 17 to repeal this requirement. The ordinance was referred to the Public Safety Committee and was heard by the committee on September 25. Along with the GRA, several restaurateurs were on hand to provide testimonial and express their favor of Councilmember Farokhi’s proposed ordinance. The ordinance was approved by Atlanta City Council on October 1 and is currently awaiting signature from Mayor Bottoms.
“It’s the little things that have the greatest impact on our day-to-day lives and leave the most lasting impression as to how we feel about our city,” said Councilmember Amir Farokhi. “In that vein, this might seem like a small change, but I believe it will make a big difference for restaurateurs looking to grow their businesses. I am thrilled that we were able to get this bill passed and am grateful to the team at GRA for their part in helping to identify a clear wrong that we’ve now made right.”