Raising the Bar in Caldwell

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You'll soon be able to buy cocktails seven days a week In Caldwell. How soon? Not soon enough for the majority of the Caldwell Council which voted 4-2 on July 6 to waive the three-reading process and approve an ordinance on its first reading.

The new law takes effect after its summary is published as a legal notice.

Two years ago, Canyon County commissioners voted to allow Sunday sales of liquor by the bottle at state-run stores, but bars and restaurants in Caldwell were restricted by city ordinance to selling only beer and wine. Bar and restaurant owners complained that their customers would take their Sunday business to surrounding communities. Public workshops and hearings were held on the issue, with no one speaking out against the change. Nampa bars and restaurants began serving spirits and mixed drinks on Sundays in January.