City Council Members Decide to "Make Abilene Late"

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - It's official. . . City Council members have decided to "Make Abilene Late"

A unanimous vote during Thursday's meeting gave final approval toward a motion that will allow alcohol sales within city limits until 2:00 a.m. The motion will go into effect on October 1, 2017, in order to allow the police department to acquire adequate staffing. 

The vote took place following a public hearing, where several community members came forward and voiced their opinions either for or against the later sales. 

Currently, bars and restaurants in the City of Abilene must stop serving alcohol to patrons at midnight or 1:00 a.m.

The "Make Abilene Late" movement began to gain traction in the community in March.

Johnny Johnson, owner of Big Johnson's Liquor and Beer and the chairman of the "Make Abilene Late" campaign, told KTAB and KRBC he's pushing for the later alcohol sales because "it's something the City could do that would cost them zero dollars that would generate them thousands of dollars in tax revenue - not to mention the jobs it will create."

Public Haus bartender Kalli Smith says this extra hour or two of sales is so important because "the amount of drinks we sell in an hour is ridiculous so an extra hour would probably really help us out."


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