ACC members expressed interest in the concept — which is gaining popularity in other areas — but said the implications deserve further thought.
“I like the idea. It’s thinking outside the box,” said City Commissioner Sue Lee, who chairs the ACC. “But there are a lot of layers here.”
Plans are to schedule a work session next month to discuss the issue, along with other proposals such as hotel mini-bars and receptions with complimentary drinks.
“We’re talking about allowing pouring for someone’s specific customers, who are there for another purpose,” City Manager John Bennett said.
That can be done now if the business buys a pouring license, but annual fees of about $1,530 each for beer and wine and $5,360 for liquor have deterred those types of offerings.
Harris’ customers would bring their own drinks to sip during certain evening classes, and she was asking for a cheaper rate.
“An art studio is not a bar. It is not a restaurant,” she said. “This is nothing I’d receive back in revenues.”
City Commission Buzz Wachsteter, however, said discount licenses with no sales-reporting requirements could undermine the city’s alco-
hol regulations and undercut existing establishments.
In other actions, the ACC: