DECATUR, Ala. (WZDX) - Downtown Decatur will now have an official Entertainment District. That decision was made Monday night by the City Council. The group voted unanimously to establish the district, which encompasses 2nd Avenue and Bank Street, after a short public hearing in which no one spoke against the proposal.
Representatives from the Decatur Chamber of Commerce and the Convention and Visitor's Bureau spoke in favor of the change which they, and many local business owners, say will only help further the redevelopment of the area. With the establishment of the area, people will now be able to purchase an alcoholic beverage inside a local restaurant and carry it outside onto the city sidewalks.
The drinks will be served in paper or plastic cups which can be no larger than 16 ounces. Patrons can only carry the beverages outside from 4pm-1am Monday through Thursday and 12pm-1am Friday through Sunday. The hope is that this change will encourage business expansion, attract young professionals, and encourage more outdoor festivals in the area.
"The simple pleasure of walking on a tree-lined city side walk and window shopping along the way to listen to a band, or to visit local artists, or students art displays, are an escape from the fast pace of today's world," said one supporter.
The ability to carry alcohol outside the restaurants will end one hour before last call. That means no alcohol on the streets after 1am. and alcohol brought from home will not be allowed.