Beale Street Businesses Told To Stop Selling Liquor On The Street

Beale Street Businesses Told To Stop Selling Liquor On The Street

Businesses on Beale are being told to stop selling liquor on the street.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Businesses on Beale are being told to stop selling liquor on the street.

Performa management, which runs Beale Street, says Beale Street businesses have been breaking the law.

John Elkington is CEO of Performa entertainment real estate, which manages Beale Street.

He says businesses and vendors on Beale must stop breaking the law.

"We've had a problem occur where merchant's were talking alcohol and selling it on the street," Elkington said. “That's in violation of the alcohol beverage commission laws for the state of Tennessee which regulates that. We've taken issue with it and we're going to enforce the law of the state of Tennessee"

Elkington says beer windows and beer carts are allowed on Beale.


"We have no problem with that," Elkington said. "But we do have a problem with people selling alcohol beverages on the street. We've made it very clear through our attorney that we want it to cease and stop and we're going to do everything in our power to stop it."

Visitors to Beale can still walk the street with an alcoholic beverage but they have to buy it within a place or have to buy it from one of the windows that are located on Beale Street.

Ty Agee, president of the Beale Street Merchants Association, says if anyone has been selling liquor off beer carts, it is news to him.

"If someone has a bottle of liquor on their outside bar. I don't know of it but it can happen. I'd be not telling the truth. It can happen," Agee said. "No one wants to break the law. Whatever they tell us we'll do."
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