ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN) — According to their website, the downtown of Enterprise is the heart of the city, rooted in a southern tradition where you can expect friendliness, hospitality, and a slight southern drawl around every corner; And now, containers of alcohol?
As the Enterprise City Council passed an ordinance, turning part of downtown into an entertainment district, which will allow businesses with alcohol licenses to sell to customers, who can then carry their drinks outside.
“The merchants have been asking for this downtown for some time,” said Enterprise City Council President Turner Townsend. “There are some future development plans going on down there in the near future so just some exciting things going on downtown.”
There are four restaurants this will impact more than any other business; Cafe Roma, Corks and Cattle, The Rawls, and Sixtels.
According to one restaurant owner, the ordinance will likely increase alcohol sales for the city of Enterprise.
“I think it is fantastic, I think it is going to do amazing things for the community as well as Sixtle,” said the Owner of Sixtels Bottle and Growler House, Vanessa Schauble. “So now people will be able to come in, drink a beer, then take it with them and still enjoy the festivities downtown.”
But not all restaurants are happy about this change.
“This is a small family town and when we have events they are usually family-oriented,” said the Manager of Café Roma, Keshia Ritchie. “Main Street is a busy road too as it is and I don’t see people walking around with containers and being safe and mature with the manner to handle something like this.”
The city council emphasizes there are plans in place to keep everyone as safe as possible.
“Provided you are in compliance with the entire ordinance,” said Townsend. “Obviously you can’t be in any vehicles, and the businesses have to be in compliance as to the approved container and you have to stay confined to the actual entertainment district.”
This ordinance will go into full effect as soon as Mayor Cooper signs it.