Will Liquor be Sold at the New AMP?

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The Arkansas Music Pavilion is moving to Rogers, but unless the city council agrees, liquor by the drink won't be sold there like it has been at the Fayetteville location.

The legislature left it up to cities to decide whether to sell liquor by the drink in restaurants and bars --- and venues like the AMP.

Rogers mayor Greg Hines says he expects the city to ok liquor by the drink, giving the amp the green light at its new spot.

“In order for them to operate as they’ve operated in Washington County since inception, it would require this ordinance to take effect for them not have to have a private club permit," Hines said.

Hines says this is a decision that will benefit business owners as well as the amp.

“It's miles ahead of it, it’s a state-of-the-art facility that I think everyone in Northwest Arkansas will be proud of," he said.

Voters in Benton County have approved alcohol sales in liquor stores but now local officials have to give the go-ahead on liquor by the drink.

The mayor says he expects the city council to approve the ordinance.

“This city council has historically been very pro-business and because, again this is not really an argument of more or less consumption of alcohol, it’s just how it is purchased."

Hines expects an ordinance to be drafted by the end of this month. The amp plans to open at its new location in Rogers by mid-2014.