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"Make Abilene Late" Movement Wants Extended Hours for Alcohol Sales

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - A "Make Abilene Late" movement is gaining traction in the community as local bar owners and alcohol fans push for the City to allow liquor sales until 2:00 a.m.

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

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."

City Council members have not added the issue to their agenda yet, but Johnson and other "Make Abilene Late" supporters hope to get it addressed by May.

BigCountryHomepage is following this story and will provide the latest updates as they become available. 

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