The Georgia Restaurant Association is praising a decision the Atlanta City Council made last week when it voted to approve legislation repealing a requirement that alcohol license applicants must place an advertisement in the daily paper as a part of the liquor license application process.
The association has been working with District 2 Councilman Amir Farokhi, who authored the legislation to repeal a requirement. Under the old ordinance, businesses applying for a liquor license would not be approved until this step is completed.
The requirement states 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,” Karen Bremer, the association’s CEO, said in a news release. “It is important to eliminate these excessive steps that restaurants have to take in order to get a liquor license.”