Kinston restaurants pushing to serve alcohol at downtown sidewalk tables

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – Kinston business leaders are pushing for a change in a city ordinance so restaurants can serve beer and wine at downtown sidewalk tables.

The economic development organization “Pride of Kinston” will present a proposal to the city council in March.

“Economic development is not just exchanging money at the cash register,” Executive director Adrian King said. “It’s also attitudes.”

King said attitudes toward alcohol are more positive, and the ordinance is from a time when drinking it was stigmatized.

Sugar Hill pizzeria manager Cliff Hanger said the change will help his business.

“During the warmer weather, I think being able to have an open container outside on the sidewalks will not only help us but the other restaurants around here,” Hanger said.

City residents Nicole White and Donna Ross also support the idea.

“I think it would pick up the economy some,” Ross said.

White added, “Everybody drinks it and it will help local businesses.”

The Kinston City Council meets on the first and third Monday of the month.

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