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Jones County business supports petition sunday liquor sales

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Jones County voters may get to decide if they can buy liquor on Sundays.

Right now, it's against the law to buy alcohol on that day but that could soon change.

Every Sunday, Manuel Interiano sends half his customers away.

"Being in this kind of business, the last thing you want to tell them is no I can't serve," he says.

In Jones County, liquor sales are not allowed in restaurants or stores.

"I didn't put much attention to it until I got here and saw how much it affected us," Interiano says about the old law.

That's been a constant for the past two years since he's opened his doors, but a signature might change it all. Well, 6000 of them.

There's a petition to get Sunday alcohol sales on the ballot in November.

Petitions can be found at various locations: Agave Azule, Jalapenos, Iron Bone, Shooters and Pickle Barrel.

For now, Interiano keeps most of the alcohol signs off to not confuse his customers.

Some people still make their way into the restaurant looking for a drink. And that's thousands of dollars he's letting walk out the door.

"It was going to be $4,500 I was expecting that day with the lunch crowd," he says when Superbowl Sunday rolled around.

He had a reservation for 150 that cancelled last minute.

It's like that for every sporting event and he's expecting the same for the NBA finals.

Instead, people take their business across the border to Bibb or Baldwin County.


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