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The Florida Legislature just passed a bill that allows smaller restaurants in Downtown Orlando to serve liquor.

Bill HB1447 passed by a vote of 38-0 and allows restaurants that measure at least 1,800 SF and sit at least 80 people at a time to obtain a liquor license. They must also make at least 51 percent of their earnings from food sales.

Prior to this Bill, only restaurants that could serve 150 people and measured over 2,500 SF could get a liquor license.

The area covered by the new liquor license boundaries extends beyond the Central Business District/CRA lines, as shown below.

Interested restaurateurs can expect to pay $1,820 each year for the new liquor license.

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