Colonial Heights defeated a proposal to allow alcohol sales after midnight on Saturdays, a 4-3 city council decision that will keep the current booze ban in place.
A proposed ordinance would have extended alcohol sales in the city by two hours, extending from midnight Saturday to 2:00 a.m. Sunday. Currently, beer, wine, and other alcoholic beverages are not allowed to be sold after midnight.
At a city council meeting Tuesday, only the owner of the Colonial Heights Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant spoke in favor of the proposal.
City staff recommended the restrictions should be eased, writing in an executive summary of Ordinance No. 13-2 change was requested by both citizens and staff.
"Given the City's important financial relationships with city businesses that sell such alcohol beverages, such a change will help provide additional economic growth for both such businesses and city operations," read a section of the summary.
Virginia law allows alcohol sales Saturday night into Sunday to last until 2:00 a.m. at the latest. The change would have amended the Peace and Good Order section of the Colonial Heights City Code.
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