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Ordinance change could mean Sunday suds

Cari Doutre

Leader Staff Writer

Garland City is just one vote closer to allowing beer consumption on Sundays at Sofa’s Bar after they voted to write an amendment to their current ordinance to give Shane Grover, owner of Sofa’s bar, a probationary period of Sunday beer sales.

On Nov. 26, the council will have the amended ordinance and will vote to approve it. The amendment to the ordinance will allow Sofa’s to serve beer on Sundays until the NFL’s Superbowl on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. After that the ordinance will go back to what it was before, no Sunday beer sales for bars.

On Tuesday night the Garland City Council heard from Grover, who talked about the fundraising efforts the bar has held over the years. Councilmen Kent Hughes and Scott Coleman both met with Grover at the bar and spoke with him about his desire to serve beer during football season.

Grover also met with the neighbors close to the bar and worked out some issues they have with each other in an effort to curb noise and littering associated with bar patrons. Grover agreed to add more lights to the outside of the bar and added that in those cold winter months during football season many patrons will remain indoors.

“I still don’t want the ordinance changed, but I’m willing to work with the council’s decision,” said Maurine Jensen, a neighbor of the bar.

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