City asking lawmakers for ‘qualified resort status’
Published: February 13,2012
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PHILADELPHIA — The city of Philadelphia has asked the Mississippi Legislature to give it “qualified resort status.”
The Neshoba Democrat reports the city wants the designation to attract national chain restaurants and to allow all restaurants in the city to serve wine and liquor by the glass.
The issue could require a citywide referendum.
Mayor James Young says he’s fielded numerous calls from residents about the lack of sit down restaurants in Philadelphia.
The nearby casinos operated by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians can serve liquor 24 hours a day.
Young says a 2010 study showed $12.3 million in sit-down restaurant business leaves Philadelphia annually.
A similar bill died in the Legislature in 2011.
The Philadelphia Main Street Association, Chamber of Commerce and Tourism support the issue.
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