Woodford County

Versailles considers Sunday alcohol sales

VERSAILLES — Sunday alcohol sales in restaurants would be allowed if the Versailles City Council passes a proposed ordinance.

Versailles is already "wet," but the ordinance given first reading on Tuesday would lift the prohibition on Sunday sales by the drink. Restaurants would be allowed to sell alcohol by the drink from noon to 11 p.m. Sundays, said City Attorney Bill Moore.

Retail package alcohol sales on Sundays would remain prohibited.

The council will have a second reading and vote on the ordinance at its Feb. 17 meeting, and the ordinance would go into effect on publication in the The Woodford Sun weekly newspaper.

Sunday sales have been sought by Woodford restaurant owners since 2005, but pressure has increased as surrounding counties have allowed it.

Frankfort and Lexington allow Sunday alcohol sales by the drink. But other communities around Versailles — Nicholasville, Georgetown, Lawrenceburg and Harrodsburg — do not.

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, a historic site in Mercer County, introduced alcohol sales at its dining facility in June, but it does not have Sunday sales.

The Woodford Fiscal Court and the city of Midway are watching to see what Versailles does.

As a fifth-class city, Midway does not have authority under state law to consider such an ordinance, so it must rely on the county to do so. But the fiscal court decided last month to see what action Versailles takes.