Frankfort/Franklin County debate Sunday alcohol sales

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ)- Franklin County will vote this week on whether or not to allow alcohol sales on Sunday’s.

The county is one of the only in that area that remains dry on Sunday’s.

Rachael Peake opened Capitol Cellars in downtown Frankfort back in 2006.

“You can come and have a drink at our bar, have a nice fancy cocktail, have a glass of wine and then if you like the product we have it on our shelves to purchase and take home with you,” said Peake, owner of Capitol Cellars.

Peake’s shop is open 10 a.m. to 9 or 10 p.m. everyday, except Sunday because liquor sales on Sundays in Frankfort and Franklin County are still illegal for most small businesses .

“But there are people that really want to be able to purchase alcohol and it’s just an economic decision nothing more than that. We want to be able to sell produces that we can sell six days a week on Sunday as well,” said Peake.

That’s why Peake says she jumped on board with a proposed ordinance that would change the law and allow alcohol sales on Sunday’s.

“It’s about retaining the businesses that we do have and giving them some more opportunities, not requiring that they have to open, you have that choice but it’s nice, it would be nice to be able to have that choice,” said Kelly Everman with Downtown Frankfort Inc.

City officials say the current laws not only drive locals out of the city on Sunday but also deter tourists from coming.

“So we think this will be a way to keep more tourists in our community longer, spending more money which is one of our objectives,” said Robin Antenucci with the Frankfort/Franklin County Tourist Commission.

An objective Peake says would help not only her business but encourage more businesses to open.

“If we can be open then that will help bring people to downtown Frankfort for other retail purchases and then restaurants will hopefully will open up to serve that community,” said Peake.

City officials say they haven’t received much push back on this ordinance.

The county fiscal court will vote on the ordinance this Friday.

The city is scheduled to vote on it later this month.

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