Alcohol served in Columbia town square for 1st time - WKRN News 2

Alcohol served in Columbia town square for 1st time

Posted: Updated: July 12, 2013 09:28 PM

In Columbia, the community will be able to purchase and drink alcoholic beverages in the town square for the first time on Saturday night.

Owner Chuck Killion of Killion's Coffee and Creamery received a permit to have music in the downtown square and to serve alcoholic beverages on the sidewalk surrounding the restaurant.

He expects hundreds of people to attend the event.

"This is the first time on the Square that a restaurant is putting on an outside concert," Killion said, adding, "The city was generous enough, under the old city manager, to pass an ordinance that you could serve alcohol on the sidewalk in front of your business."

Nashville's News 2 spoke with residents who seemed to be in favor of being able to enjoy an alcoholic beverage and live music at the Square.

"This is something the Columbia has needed for a long time. We have a lot of people here that want this type of entertainment, that want to get out and Columbia needs those dollars," resident Chris Gibson said.

Despite the positive reaction from some residents, Killion said law enforcement does not like the idea.

"They're saying if we can hear the words two blocks away, you'll either have to turn it down or shut it off," he said.

Nashville's News 2 tried to reach police Friday for comment, but were unsuccessful.

"I've invited all the police officers to come down, and just join us, off duty, the on-duty ones can drink Coke, the off-duty ones can try what ever they want," Killion said.

Killion added he plans to abide by all regulations and hopes to make the outdoor event a more familiar site in Columbia

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