Buda considers extending alcohol sales past midnight

FILE - Beer photo (KXAN file Photo)
FILE - Beer photo (KXAN file Photo)

BUDA, Texas (KXAN) — At the Tavern on Main in Buda, owner Julie Renfro says it is about time she can keep the lights until two in the morning.

“I got yelled at by people that would say, ‘this is a bar, you have to be open until 2 a.m.’ And I would say ‘actually we are a bar and a restaurant and a music venue and we are only allowed to be open until midnight except on Saturday,'” Renfro says.

Renfro says the the current curfew is costing her business. She claims people drive to neighboring cities where they can keep their tab open until 2 a.m.

While businesses might be excited about the potential extra receipts, some residents are worried about the potential residual effect.

Angela Tidwell is a local advocate against drunk driving. She says the chances of someone getting behind the wheel drunk increases the later bars stay open.

“Somebody could die, somebody could get injured, then it affects that person that caused that crash,” says Tidwell.  “It is not a win-win situation.”

Renfro believes all of that can be avoided if folks can drink close to home rather than travel across city lines.

“It is just nice to have a safe drive home. I would just really like to have that option,” Renfro says.

On Tuesday night, the Buda City Council passed the resolution calling for an election. Voters in Buda will make the final call when they vote on the item on Nov. 3 on whether or not they want to extend the hours.

The debate in Buda comes after other cities in Hays County extended bar hours in recent years. The city of Kyle voted last year to allow bars and restaurants to sell alcoholic drinks until 2 a.m. San Marcos did the same thing in 2009.

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