Scene intern Angela Suico contributed this post.
Nashville Farmers' Market diners might someday be able to drink beer and booze with their barbecue and goat curry. Metro Council has passed a resolution that would permit some restaurants to sell alcohol. Because the market sits on state property, state lawmakers must approve the measure before changes can be made.
If legislation passes, two of the eight market restaurants--B&C Market BBQ and JamaicaWay--could qualify for alcohol permits, which require restaurants to be enclosed and have their own entrances. Marketing manager Marne Duke says other restaurants may renovate so that they have their own seating in order to qualify for alcohol permits.
More liberal alcohol policy could generate a welcome new revenue stream for the facility, Duke says. "We have had people who wanted to have weddings and fundraisers [there], but in our lease it said we could not have alcohol on the premises." A decision by the state is expected within the next two months.