Kasim Reed

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Correcting Misinformation About Bottle House Permits

May 2, 2014

Creative Loafing published an inaccurate article yesterday that led residents to believe that the City was enforcing bottle house permits (BYOB). The story is absolute nonsense, and has no basis in fact whatsoever. There is no “crackdown” on bottle house permits. An ordinance for such a permit has existed for at least 20 years in the City of Atlanta, and there has been no recent policy change or directive, to step up enforcement. In fact, the Atlanta Police Department’s License & Permits Unit has not issued a citation for failure to have a bottle permit in recent memory, and certainly not in 2014. It’s very unfortunate that this false narrative appears to have gained traction throughout the restaurant community, and we sincerely hope it can be laid to rest immediately.