Nacogdoches says 'no' to extended alcohol hours

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Nacogdoches residents will not be able to buy alcohol until 2 a.m., at least not for now.

During Tuesday night's city council meeting, members voted against the proposed alcohol extended hour ordinance.

Jim Jeffers, Nacogdoches City Manager, said the proposal failed with a four to one vote.

The ordinance was developed to please Applebee's Restaurant, but it would have included all the city's clubs and restaurants. The restaurant chain was considering expanding to Nacogdoches, but only if the city would extend the sale and public consumption of alcoholic beverages to 2 a.m., seven days a week.

Currently, sales and consumption end at midnight, except on Saturdays when it is extended to 1 a.m. "Applebee's will not be here in 2013, but they will revisit the idea at later date," Jeffers said.

In Tuesday's meeting an Applebee's representative was present to speak in favor of the ordinance, while one citizen addressed the council to oppose.

The business was planning to build in the 3300 block of North Street, which is north of Northview Plaza.

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