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Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 09/28/2010

Takoma's carry-out alcohol sales ban lifted

By Marc Fisher

The Takoma Park town council voted Monday night to eliminate most, but not all, of the Maryland suburb’s century-old ban on carry-out alcohol sales. If the change is approved by the state legislature, local restaurants would be able for the first time to apply for a license to sell beer and wine for customers to take away.

But the council, citing concerns over public drinking and loitering, stopped short of allowing other retailers in on the relaxed rules, notably convenience stores in the historic downtown business quarter that may have wanted to add beer coolers or wine to their stock. The popular Takoma Park-Silver Co-Op, which had expressed interest in selling organic beer and wine, will not be eligible to do so. Hard liquor sales, which in Montgomery County are restricted to county-owned package stores, are not affected by the proposed change.

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By Marc Fisher  | September 28, 2010; 10:12 AM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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Kind of funny that super liberal Takoma Park is so strict about liquor laws and traffic restrictions. Guess they have to overcompensate somewhere... (or the hippies are getting old and crotchety). That said, I don't think this will affect local business much. It's still often difficult to drive and park in the city. Also, with Silver Spring so close and with so much to offer, it really can't compete.

Posted by: futbolclif | September 28, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

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