Leader Staff Writer
Those wishing to watch Sunday football games and have a beer to go along with it at Sofa’s Corner in Garland can now do so starting Dec. 9.
The Garland City Council voted 3-1 Tuesday night to temporarily allow on premise beer sales within the city. Beer sales are allowed in Garland but could not be consumed at bars or restaurants until now.
The ordinance only allows Sofa’s Corner, the only bar in Garland, to sell beer until Feb. 4, the National Football League’s Super Bowl Sunday. This is a probationary period where the council will go back next year and vote again to either keep the ordinance a permanent one or to go back to no on premise beer sales on Sundays.
Shane Grover, owner of Sofa’s Corner, stated at an earlier council meeting he only has interest in selling beer during the NFL’s regular season, September to February. His request didn’t come without a fight. Some nearby neighbors are opposed to Sunday beer sales. Neighbors feel they deserve one day off from the noise and language. The new ordinance states beer can only be sold from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays.
Councilman Gary Shaw was the only councilmember to vote against the ordinance change. Councilmen Scott Coleman, J.R. Thompson and Todd Miller voted for the ordinance change. Councilman Kent Hughes was excused from the meeting and did not vote.
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