Liquor by the drink is coming to Lula.
Residents approved a referendum Tuesday night allowing liquor sales in restaurants and other establishments. The vote was 303-232.
Currently, only beer and wine package sales at local stores Monday through Saturday are allowed.
Technically, the vote doesn’t cover beer and wine sales. However, they could be part of a comprehensive alcoholic beverages ordinance that would need to be crafted if the city wants to enact voter-approved liquor by the drink.
Kim and Bruce Johnson, who own newly opened At The Tracks restaurant off Main Street with husband Bruce, were eyeing the returns. The couple is considering selling beer and wine, with no plans to open a bar.
“It has to go through the city council ... so we’re going to deal with whatever (the outcome),” Kim Johnson said.
Lula officials kicked the whole alcohol issue around for a few months before voting in July to put the question on the ballot. Part of the attraction was development moving Lula’s way up Ga. 365.
There was a strong anti-liquor campaign in the the city, with “Vote No” to the referendum sprinkled along Main Street.