Sale of alcoholic beverages in McKinney extended to 2 a.m. after March 6 council vote

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McKinney City Council approved an ordinance Tuesday night to extend the hours restaurants can serve beer, wine and mixed alcoholic beverages until 2 a.m., according to Mayor George Fuller.

Restaurants with an on-premise late hours license issued by the state of Texas will be able to sell beer and wine in a restaurant until 2 a.m. A restaurant with a mixed beverage late hours permit issued by the state of Texas may also sell and offer mixed beverages until 2 a.m., according to city documents.

The city’s previous ordinance stated the hours of sales of alcoholic beverages in the city shall comply with state law which allows sales from 7 a.m.-midnight Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. Saturday-1 a.m. Sunday and noon to midnight on Sunday, according to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

City staff has been approached by developers requesting the city allow the sale of alcoholic beverages until 2 a.m. to encourage more restaurants to locate in McKinney, City Attorney Mark Houser said during the Jan. 22 McKinney City Council work session.

“In looking at this, I honestly don’t believe it will make a whole lot of difference one way or the other to [the police department],” McKinney Police Chief Greg Conely said during the Jan. 22 meeting. “It puts [the department]in a similar position as our neighboring cities, but I don’t see any significant increased workload or anything associated with it.”

The cities of Allen, Plano and Frisco have already enacted late hour sales, according to officials at the Jan. 22 meeting.

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Cassidy Ritter
Cassidy graduated from the University of Kansas in 2016 with a degree in Journalism and a double minor in business and global studies. She has worked as a reporter and editor for publications in Kansas, Colorado and Australia. She was hired as senior reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's Plano edition in August 2016. Less than a year later, she took the role of editor for the McKinney edition.
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