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Downtown Gainesville diners could soon carry alcohol outdoors
Shawn Graves and Brenda Stewart eat salads Thursday afternoon in downtown Gainesville at Atlas Pizza's outdoor tables. The city of Gainesville is considering allowing people to carry open alcohol containers downtown.
Gainesville’s liquor laws could be getting an update to allow downtown diners to carry alcohol outdoors and lift restrictions on breweries. The city is considering changing its alcohol code to track with state law. “State law changed this past year addressing breweries and brewpubs so that they can sell the product they make on-site and also allow people to … take it home with them,” City Manager Bryan Lackey told the Gainesville City Council during its Thursday work session.