Round Rock unanimously approves extending serving time for alcohol

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ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — The Round Rock City Council voted unanimously to approve an ordinance Thursday that will extend serving hours for alcohol in bars and restaurants until 2 a.m.

The Round Rock City Council previously voted 6-1 earlier in December.

City leaders decided to vote on this proposal after seeing the overwhelming support that voters showed in November when they agreed to allow the sale of all alcoholic beverages within city limits. Previously some establishments in parts of the city could only sell beer and wine or make the costly decision to operate as a private club. 

“To me, it’s a fairness issue. I believe there should be a level playing field for Round Rock bars and restaurants, regardless if they’re in Williamson County or Travis County,” said Mayor Craig Morgan.

Morgan said the city may have to revisit its noise ordinance, though, because he’s heard that some people are concerned about what the noise may be like if the bars are allowed to stay open a little longer. Morgan wants to review recommendations for addressing the noise concerns by the first meeting in January 2019.

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