The Mayfield City Council has approved an ordinance that would allow stand-alone bars in the city.
Previous city law required stores and restaurants to derive only 30 percent of their sales from alcohol. The new ordinance, approved 8-1 at a meeting on Monday, eliminates this limit and allows for alcohol sales on Sundays beginning at noon.
Mayfield Mayor Kathy O’Nan said she hopes the ordinance opens the door to attract new businesses to the city, which she believes could include a potential microbrewery or a hotel chain.
“We hope it opens another door for any type of business to locate with us and work with us to keep it an entertaining place to be,” O’Nan said. “I hope people see Mayfield as a place they don’t have to leave to go to another place to be able to have a nice dinner, and then maybe be able to go somewhere afterwards for a cocktail.”
The ordinance also extends alcohol sales training for business employees from 60 days to 90 days. Some local businesses interested in selling alcoholic beverages at special events initially proposed the idea for the ordinance.
The Mayfield City Council, under a different administration, narrowly-voted last year to ban bars and taverns - with then Mayor Teresa Rochetti-Cantrell casting a tiebreaker. The ordinance didn’t affect operations at that time because the city’s only bar then had closed two months prior. Mayfield voted to allow alcohol sales in 2016.
“Times change, and people’s opinions change. We look forward to this and hope it brings growth, which we anticipate it will,” O’Nan said.
O’Nan said the ordinance could go into effect as soon as Sunday.