To-go beer, liquor sought around Music City Center

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It became known as the “to-go cup” legislation, and it was met with resistance. Nashville tourism officials had sought to change state law to let patrons at Lower Broadway bars leave with beer or liquor.

Critics warned of drunks spilling into the streets. And the attempt quickly whiffed in the Tennessee General Assembly.

Now, one year later, the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. is back pushing a different, much more limited bill that would allow beer and liquor consumption in to-go cups only around the new Music City Center campus.

The bill at issue this time, filed this week by state Sen. Steve Dickerson, R-Nashville, pertains only to the area between the new $623 million center and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Omni Hotel. That includes the stretch of Fifth Avenue between Demonbreun Street and Korean Veterans Boulevard that separates the center from those two buildings.

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