Strawberries, both fresh and freeze-dried, create the flavor base for these frozen pops. Coconut milk provide some richness and body.(E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune/TNS)
Photo: E. Jason Wambsgans/TNS
Photo: E. Jason Wambsgans/TNS

Lawrenceville considering permit for boozy ice cream, pops

Lawrenceville City Council is reviewing an amendment to its alcohol ordinance that would give permits to businesses to sell ice cream, ice pops and other frozen treats. 

The amendment regulating “alcoholic frozen consumables” is on the agenda for the council’s June 19 work session. The amendment proposes a new $500 annual permit for selling alcoholic frozen treats.

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Under the new amendment, businesses making at least 50 percent of their annual sales from these items would be restricted to selling them between 9 a.m. and 1:55 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. until midnight on Sundays. People would be allowed to carry and enjoy their booze-infused scoops and pops in Lawrenceville’s downtown entertainment district. 

Downtown Lawrenceville’s Sweet Joy Ice Cream Bar currently serves alcohol-infused treats and is properly permitted, but recent state legislation is poised to change the kinds of permits required for boozy frozen treats, city manager Chuck Warbington said.

“This update will help keep their permitting within the state mandated regulation for alcohol sales,” Warbington said.

The council will review the proposed amendment at their Wednesday work session. 

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