Daily Times (Salisbury, Maryland)
BYLINE: By, Jon Bleiweis
SELBYVILLE — Last call at Selbyville restaurants just got a bit earlier, as the Town Council unanimously approved an ordinance which prohibits the sale of alcoholic beverages after 11:30 p.m. and consumption after midnight.
Additionally, the ordinance provides definitions for a restaurant, cocktail lounge, bar and nightclub. The ordinance prohibits bars and night clubs in the town.
The ordinance defines a restaurant as an establishment where a minimum of 51 percent of sales comes from food. A bar is defined as an indoor area operated primarily for the sale of alcoholic beverages to be consumed on the premises and the service of food is secondary. A nightclub is defined as “any establishment in which the primary use is the sale of alcoholic beverages and which provides entertainment and/or an area for dancing.”
Existing restaurants now have to file an application for a permit of compliance for their operations. The existing floorplans can be grandfathered in.
Pomeroy’s co-owner John Pomeroy said the approval of the ordinance will cause Pomeroy’s to likely lose upward of $5,000 a month in revenue.
Failure to follow the ordinance would result in a $1,000 fine and possible loss of a business license.
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