Sunday alcohol sales already started in Clovis

By Sarah Meyer: CNJ staff writer

The first Sunday of alcohol sales fell on Easter for Applebee’s.

“It went really well,” said manager Dustin Barnes. He said the success of the sales was hard to gauge on a holiday that traditionally focuses on family gatherings.

“People who didn’t have family to go to definitely enjoyed it,” he said.

Chili’s will begin Sunday alcohol sales this weekend, according to manager Rebecca Lane.

Dakota’s Steakhouse has applied for but not yet received its Sunday sales permit.

And American Legion Post 25 has received its permit and met Friday to decide on how to handle it, said Commander Randy Lopez.
He said Sunday alcohol sales at the post will start April 6.

“We want to look over all aspects and make the right decision,” Lopez said. “We want to go forward on a positive note.”

The Colonial Park Country Club has also applied for a Sunday alcohol permit, said a spokeswoman Friday for the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department.

Juanito’s restaurant owner Juan Garza said he is planning to apply for a Sunday permit when he renews his restaurant’s liquor license in June.
Clovis voters passed a proposal to allow Sunday alcohol sales by the glass in a March 4 municipal election.

A $100 application fee is required for a Sunday permit, according to Robert Hagan, New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department Public Information Officer.

Alcohol and Gaming Division Director Gary Tomada said Sunday sales permits will only be given to businesses that already have liquor licenses.

The ordinance became official when the city submitted to the state the certified results of the March 4 municipal election, according to City Manager Joe Thomas.