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Local Bars happy with Sunday Sales

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Senate Bill 318 came just in time for a lot of bars in the Hostess City.

"It has certainly been a benefit," said Matthew Krueger, of Rogue Water Bar. "You have got tons of people in town, and they are here to have a good time. We might as well make taxes and money."

State leaders approved the bill last Monday, and Governor Nathan Deal signed it into law Thursday afternoon. It allows bars within Savannah city limits to serve alcohol from 12:30 p.m. until midnight on Sundays that fall within the state defined St. Patrick's Day holiday period, every year.

State law previously prohibited Sunday sales of alcohol in bars across the state. However, restaurants, which are defined as businesses that derive more than half of their sales from food sales, can sell alcohol on Sundays.

The bill really helped business like Rogue Water, The Rail, and Ampersand. If it hadn't passed, they would be closed.

"We have been open for 19 years, and we have been waiting for the ability to be able to sale beer seven days a week," said Rail manager Melissa Swanson. "We are hoping that maybe this is a shot for them to see how well we can do for the city and the commerce."

Customers were just as happy as the bar owners and bartenders.

"We are activiely trying to partake in [drinking] right now," said Jessica Hurtt. "I wish they had been selling alcohol earlier today, to be quite honest with you. I think it is beneficial to tourists and everyone. It has been a great weekend."

Swanson and other bar managers are hoping the sucess from sunday sales encourages state leaders to make this a year round law.

"It should open up a door for us, especially since the packet stores are open, and you can buy beer at Publix, why couldn't you buy a beer at The Rail," she said.

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