Columbia City Council Approves New Alcohol Code To Include Permission For Take-Out Alcoholic Beverages


COLUMBIA, Missouri (KMIZ)

Columbia City Council has approved take-out drinks for businesses and also extended the hours alcohol is allowed to be sold on Sundays.

City code change for alcohol codes

Columbia City Council voted to bring the city code into line with state liquor laws.

These laws came into effect on August 28.

On July 7, Governor Mike Parson signed Senate Bill 126 place. The measure brought changes to the state’s liquor laws, which affected sales hours and the ability to sell take-out alcoholic beverages.

The updated city code allows:

  • Liquor stores may sell alcohol which can be consumed on its location
  • Alcohol sales hours changes
  • Always allow alcoholic beverages to take away
  • Have a start time for alcohol sales for nonprofits that host special events

New code changes allow people to buy alcohol in its original packaging between 6 a.m. on Sunday and 1:30 a.m. on Monday. This is a change from the current Sunday hours of 9:00 a.m. to midnight.

“In my opinion, extending hours is good for business, it’s good for everyone, including liquor stores and restaurants,” said Billy Giordano, owner of Room 38.

Not all owners strongly support the possible new law. Sunny Patel, owner of NoGas on Hitt St., said no one will be coming to drink on Sunday.

Patel said he didn’t plan to change his hours, nor did he expect other liquor stores to change theirs.

Restaurants, bars and hotels now have the option of applying for a license to sell alcohol during those same hours.

A requirement for the sale of take-out alcoholic beverages is the purchase of a meal. The ordinance states that an individual can purchase two alcoholic beverages for each take-out meal purchased.

Giordano says Room 38 would like to have the option to sell take out drinks. He says it would benefit businesses, especially those recovering from the pandemic.

Proposal for a warming center

The Columbia City Human Rights Commission has asked Columbia City Council to temporarily change the temperature opening at the Wabash Emergency Warming Center.

Currently, Colombia’s warming centers open when the temperature drops to nine degrees.

The Columbia Human Rights Commission is asking city council to increase the opening temperature of the Wabash emergency warming center to 18 degrees.

In a letter to council members, the commission said it had gathered information on Columbia’s homeless population and the resources needed for the Wabash Emergency Warming Center.

The commission said if the change had been implemented last year, it would have allowed the warming center to be open for an additional seven days.

It comes down to an extra night in December, two nights in January, and four nights in February.

The letter to city council said that a temporary opening temperature change would allow Columbia to reassess its staffing resources before potentially deciding to permanently implement the change.

At Monday’s meeting, City Manager John Glascock advised council members not to take any action on the matter because “it could violate federal funds.”

Glascock was not in favor of an extension of hours and board members decided to dig into a staff report before making a decision.

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