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Alcohol serving times could get shorter in DeKalb County

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A proposed ordinance in DeKalb County would force certain bars and restaurants who serve alcohol to have an earlier cut-off time.

It's a topic that is getting serious traction on a Facebook page called "DeKalb Strong."

Current county code says restaurants and bars can serve alcohol until 3:55 a.m. on Tuesday through Saturday mornings. Last call on Sunday and Monday mornings is 2:55 a.m.

The proposed ordinance would end alcohol sales at 2 a.m. every day of the week. The ordinance only applies to unincorporated parts of the county as cities have their own alcohol ordinances.

At Mr. Cue's Billiards, their booming business on Chamblee Tucker Road could soon take a financial hit.

"$2,500-3,000, I would say a night is what I'm going to lose on weekends," says owner Richard Sweet.

He says the county's proposal would be a miscue for all late-night establishments and put his late-night pool hall behind the 8 ball when it comes to taking care of his staff and supporting local charities.

"On Friday nights and Saturday nights, we're going to be out a third of our business," says Sweet. "A third of our volume will not show up."

This is ridiculous," said a DeKalb County resident at the commission meeting. "All we are asking for you guys to do is your job."

It's an issue that prompted several people to speak out at the meeting, with a lot of people dressed in red to show their opposition.

However, Martha Gross saw it differently.

"We have assault and battery, we have burglary, forced entry, we have disorderly conduct," says Gross. "This is for four months of crime, and it was between January and April, and we had 49 incidents between midnight and 6 a.m."

Gross and her neighbors have complained about crime in the Briarcliff Woods community for months, and said conditions improved when the late-night bars and restaurants moved out.

Commissioners voted unanimously to table a vote on the issue until Dec. 5.

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