Milton Economic Development Manager Sarah LaDart said during the meeting that she and other staff have been working on changes to the city's alcohol ordinances since August to allow for more business opportunities within the city, both for current and future business owners.
"There were really three main objectives throughout everything: to make the ordinance easier for both the city and for businesses to read through and understand it, to create new opportunities for businesses to come to Milton, and to create new revenue sources," LaDart said.
The following establishments can now open in the city of Milton under specific criteria, but bars and nightclubs are still prohibited from opening in the city:
- craft breweries
- food halls
- courtyard markets
- city food markets
- craft beer and/or wine markets
- growler shops
The ordinance also allows these establishments, as well as restaurants, to have an alcohol-to-food ratio of 70-30, which means up to 70% of its revenue can come from the sale of alcoholic beverages. Previously, the ratio had to be 50-50.
This change allows higher-end spirits to be served at establishments since more of the revenue can come from alcohol sales. Restaurants will also be able to sell "incidental" packaged beer and wine under this new ordinance.