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Tennessee lawmaker: Enforce liquor law establishments must sell more food than booze

February 10th, 2010 12:00 am by Nate Rau, The Tennessean

According to The Tennessean, there are no bars in Tennessee, according to the letter of the law, which says establishments must derive a majority of their business from the sale of food in order to obtain an alcohol permit.

But many businesses licensed as restaurants operate more like bars, with late-night hours and most of their sales coming from alcohol. Those establishments are violating the law and subjecting themselves to a $1,500 monthly fine.

Rep. Curry Todd, R-Collierville, wants to see the state Alcoholic Beverage Commission strictly enforce laws on the books since the state began allowing liquor-by-the-drink sales a generation ago.

Read the full report at The Tennessean's Web site.

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