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DeKalb Council to consider allowing minors into bars

Also: fitness center owner is seeking liquor license

DeKALB – Although it’s currently prohibited in DeKalb, people younger than 21 years old could soon be allowed in local bars.

The DeKalb City Council on Monday will consider whether to amend Chapter 38 of the DeKalb Municipal Code to allow for those younger than 21 to be admitted to bars, according to city documents.

“Several council members have expressed interest in modifying that prohibition, by allowing minors of
19 years of age or older to dine in designated areas for restaurant sales, separated from any area used for bar sales,” according to the proposal.

The proposal comes after council members have been approached in a number of individual ward meetings regarding changes to the liquor code, the first of what city staff said could be ongoing dialogue with local business owners.

“This approach would require heightened vigilance by trained servers, bar management, and the DeKalb police to restrict bar sales to anyone under 21,” documents read.

Other code amendment considerations up for council review Monday include the creation of a bring-your-own-bottle liquor license, which would allow establishments to permit customers older than 21 to bring their own low alcohol-by-volume drink into an establishment.

The license would require any drinks brought in by customers to be unopened, sealed and in their original containers for consumption on the premises only, documents show. Consumption would need to be accompanied by a meal service.

License holders also would be allowed to charge a per-bottle corkage feed, but not additional fees for serving or pouring.

A final consideration going before the council Monday includes a fitness facility liquor license, citing interest from a local fitness center proprietor.

Currently, fitness centers have smoothie bars where people can get a nonalcoholic beverage, which are separated from the workout and locker room spaces.

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