Discussion of Sunday sales of liquor by the drink will be on tap at Tuesday night’s Richmond Hill city council meeting.
The city is scheduled to hear the request of several Richmond Hill restaurant owners for a referendum on Sunday alcohol sales after Molly MacPherson’s owner Daniel Cloutier delivered a signed petition to the city on March 10.
Also petitioning the city are the owners of Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, Augie’s, Glazer’s, Tequila’s Sunset and Black Angus Steakhouse.
"We are asking the governing authorities for strict guidelines for the pouring of alcohol so stand-alone bars or package stores are not allowed," the petition said, while also noting residents "would be the ones making a bad business decision by voting no on this referendum. We will have allowed thousands - possibly millions - of tax dollars to escape into neighboring counties."
Cloutier said the petition is aimed at helping Richmond Hill restaurants because, "people leave here on Sundays and go spend their money in Chatham County."
City manager Mike Melton said local clergy may attend the meeting in opposition to the request, because that is what happened when the issue was raised several years ago.
The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. at city hall and it is open to the public.