Proposed liquor law change in Northern Kentucky

NORTHERN KENTUCKY (FOX19) - The cities of Newport and Covington are petitioning the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to change the liquor law which would allow customers to carry their adult beverages to other bars and restaurants.

One entertainment district in Louisville already allows patrons to carry alcoholic beverages between venues.

"I think it will give us the same kind of advantage that Fourth Street Live! has in Louisville," said Newport on The Levee general manager, Harold Dull. "It will give the customer an opportunity to go from venue to venue."

Jefferson Hall at the Levee is one business that would like to see a change.

"Right now our guests are not allowed to leave our premise, our front door with their drinks," said owner, Tony Cafeo. "I think it would be a huge attraction to people. I think people would enjoy coming down here and going from venue to venue with their drinks."

Covington city commission recently passed a resolution supporting the change. Newport on The Levee management likes it as well.

On the other side of the issue, however, are those who feel changing the liquor law is a bad idea.

"I think the Levee is family-oriented and I think it takes away from the family element," said Don Buring.

Also opposed to the liquor law change is Mike Heitzman.

"I don't think it would be a good idea for people carrying beer around on the Levee with kids," he said.

Newport on The Levee covers some 400,000 square feet and has about a dozen establishments that serve alcohol. But, you won't be able to pick up your beer and just wander off.

"Not the entire property. Its only a designated area," said Dull. "We have to identify the area. We have to provide the security and we have to abide by all of the liquor regulations."

The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is taking public comment on the proposed regulation change to allow entertainment destinations in cities such as Newport and Covington to have a license for patrons to roam common areas with alcohol drinks.

A public hearing will be held June 28 at 1 p.m. at the ABC headquarters, 1003 Twilight Ave.,  People wishing to speak at the meeting must send written notice five working days prior to the meeting on Friday. Written comments can be submitted until July 2 to Virginia Vanaman Davis, internal policy analyst or Stephen B. Humphress, general counsel, Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, 1003 Twilight Trail, Frankfort, Ky.

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