The Round Rock City Council will vote on an ordinance at its Dec. 6 meeting that would extend serving hours to 2 a.m. for all restaurants and bars in the city limits.
Currently, only bars and restaurants located in Travis County inside Round Rock’s city limits can serve alcohol until 2 a.m. Bars and restaurants inside the city limits within Williamson County can serve until midnight Sunday through Friday, and until 1 a.m. on Saturday. Round Rock voters overwhelmingly approved the local option change during the Nov. 6 election, with 81 percent voting in favor of allowing the sale of all alcoholic beverages in restaurants and bars across the City. Prior to the election, bars and restaurants in a portion of southeast Round Rock were only permitted to sell beer and wine.
“The City Council considered bringing the extended hours measure forward in the spring, but the local option election gave us the ability to gauge the sentiment of our community on that issue,” Mayor Craig Morgan said. “A majority of voters believed the same rules should apply to alcohol sales regardless of where a restaurant or bar is located in Round Rock.
“To me, it’s a fairness issue. I believe there should be a level playing field for Round Rock bars and restaurants, regardless if they’re in Williamson County or Travis County.”
Three other cities in Williamson County – Cedar Park, Leander and Taylor – permit restaurants and bars to serve alcohol past midnight. Like Round Rock, portions of Cedar Park and Leander are in Travis County.
Source: City of Round Rock Press Release