TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - It looks like a majority of the Tupelo City Council does not support allowing every city restaurant to be able to offer go-cups of alcohol. However, more restaurants in the city could have the opportunity to do so.
Amsterdam Marketing and Cooking Manager Robby Curbow said go-cups work well for downtown businesses.
“It’s worked out super great for the downtown area, just because there are so many spots that you can jump around to," said Curbow.
City council members talked about the possibility of allowing all restaurants to offer alcohol go-cups, not just those downtown.
Ward 3 Councilman Travis Beard said no.
“That would be my main objection to moving citywide, was to keep it downtown and encourage people to come downtown," said Beard.
Ward 4 Councilwoman Nettie Davis said she was not completely opposed to the idea and would like businesses in, and near her district to have the same opportunities as those downtown.
“It’s a lot of traffic and walking going on there, hotels are located in that area," said Davis. "I feel like they should be given that opportunity.”
Davis however was the only council member at the work session who considered the larger expansion.
City Attorney Ben Logan said the city will instead shift gears, and consider adding more leisure and recreation districts to allow more restaurants to offer go-cup services, just not all restaurants.
"We may study some different districts in town that are logical places and that’s walkable," said Logan.
The city previously allowed all restaurants in the city to offer go-cups during the pandemic, but that ended after pandemic restrictions started to ease.
Also at the work session, the council agreed to allow businesses to start selling alcohol at 8 a.m. instead of 10 a.m. Logan said the city will prepare an ordinance to finalize that change.