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Football, but no Sunday beer yet

Cari Doutre

Leader Correspondent

The Garland City Council has not made a motion or even drafted an ordinance change that would allow the only bar in Garland to serve beer on Sundays.

Last month Shane Grover, owner of Sofa’s Bar in Garland, approached the Garland City Council with his request to be allowed to serve beer on Sundays during the National Football League’s regular season (September to February). Garland’s current ordinance states beer cannot be consumed on-premise on Sundays, but can be sold at stores.

“We have not had the time to look at the ordinance change,” Garland City Mayor Arlon Bennett said. He added that he’s been busy working on other projects and will not drop those projects to look at an ordinance change.

Bennett expects an ordinance change would take weeks, if not months, to take effect. The council only meets once a month and a public hearing would need to take place before a vote from the council.

“We’re not rushing into a decision that we are going to regret,” Bennett added.

Council members Gary Shaw and Todd Miller wanted Grover to show changes at the bar before they would even consider making an ordinance change. The biggest problem facing the bar, some residents claim, is the loud and vulgar language coming from bar patrons outside of the bar. The bar shares a border with residential zoning and many neighbors complain about noise and empty beer bottles and cans littering their yards.

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