TUPELO – Despite permission to serve later, last call for beer in many local restaurants remains at midnight today and 10 p.m. Sunday.
Tupelo’s ordinance extending hours to adult beverages officially began Friday but many local restaurants won’t serve any later this weekend.
“We’ll be serving our regular hours,” said Steven Lyles, general manager of the Fairpark Grill. “When it changes will be determined by corporate.”
Other restaurants also plan to wait. The Blue Canoe will change hours selling alcohol next week.
The ordinance adds five additional hours on Sundays and an extra hour every other day of the week.
The city law extends the sale of alcoholic beverages but restaurants cannot serve liquor different hours until approved by the Mississippi Department of Revenue. City Attorney Ben Logan said he anticipates state approval by the end of June.
New hours, approved by the council, that restaurants can serve alcohol are 10 a.m. until 1 a.m. each day. Previous hours were 10 a.m. until midnight on Monday through Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays.
The new ordinance also includes grocery and convenience stores and other businesses that sell beer and light wine. The change does not impact the sell of liquor outside of restaurants.
The City Council narrowly voted for the change on May 6 after receiving a recommendation from the Tupelo Restaurant Association.
Romie’s Grocery began selling beer later Friday. Manager Lisa Toten said she anticipates the change increasing revenue for restaurants in the city.
“Of course, it’s going to up-sell our business,” she said. “It’s going to be a good thing for the area.”