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Pineville preparing for business

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PINEVILLE, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - Pineville has voted to allow liquor to be served in restaurants and the city is preparing.

The City Pineville has passed its liquor law allowing restaurants to serve alcohol within in the city, and there are already national chains are looking at buying property.

"There are national tenants that are looking now that alcohol can be sold, and I think that we'll definitely see a spur of businesses coming over the next several years, but it does take time for these deals to work out and to play out. I think we will definitely see something within the next year," said Lynette Giallonardo of Ritchie Real Estate.

The game plan for attracting new restaurants will not change much from what's already being done.

"We really won't market anything any differently because presently we do market Pineville and Alexandria, but the difference will be that will just have more to market and promote because we feel like this will attract restaurants," said Sherry Ellington of the Alexandria-Pineville Convention and Visitors Bureau.

City officials are already working on incorporating the new law.

"The council will meet on this coming Tuesday evening at 6 PM and what they will do--they will probably introduce an ordinance. It will be a draft of an ordinance. There's a lot of specifics that has to be outlined on this stipulation when you talk about the restaurant only initiative, so there's a lot of work being done," said Mayor Fields.


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