Alcohol license applicants will no longer have to spend $800 to $1,500 placing an advertisement in the daily newspaper as part of the application process.
The Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA) has been working with the City of Atlanta Councilmember Amir Farokhi to repeal the requirement which states that liquor license applicants must place at least two advertisements on different days in a daily paper published in the city where legal advertisements are carried.
“This requirement proves to be very costly for restaurants, on top of all of the other fees associated with securing an alcohol license,” Karen Bremer, CEO of the GRA, said in a press release this week.
“It is important to eliminate these excessive steps that restaurants have to take in order to get a liquor license.”
Councilmember Farokhi proposed an ordinance on September 17 to repeal this requirement.
The ordinance was referred to the Public Safety Committee and was heard by the committee on September 25.
The ordinance was approved by Atlanta City Council on October 1 and is currently awaiting a signature from Mayor Bottoms.
“It’s the little things that have the greatest impact on our day-to-day lives and leaves the most lasting impression as to how we feel about our city,” Farokhi said.
“In that vein, this might seem like a small change, but I believe it will make a big difference for restaurateurs looking to grow their businesses. I am thrilled that we were able to get this bill passed and am grateful to the team at GRA for their part in helping to identify a clear wrong that we’ve now made right.”