April 17, 2009

Ga. city reverses karaoke ban

An Atlanta suburb has brought back karaoke, allowing restaurants once more to lure customers with sing-alongs, darts, pool and trivia contests.

The Lilburn council banned interactive entertainment at establishments that serve alcohol two years ago. The action came amidst a controversy over a specific restaurant, which has since closed.

Lilburn has matured, and we want to keep it vibrant, Mayor Diana Preston told The Atlanta Journal Constitution. Our focus is keeping our business community strong and that means a diversity of businesses.

The council revised its liquor law again Tuesday.

Bob Carmen, owner of the Oyster Barn Grill & Bar said he thought the ban was provincial. But he said he does not plan to bring back the karaoke machines and other entertainment paraphernalia that the previous owner removed in 2007. Instead he says his focus is to lure customers with his food.