The owners of a Lexington, Georgia, restaurant say they will appeal a judge’s decision that overturned the state’s new law restricting their business.
The owners of the Old-Fashioned restaurant and bar sued Georgia on Friday, arguing that the state is violating their constitutional rights and that the new law is too broad and could restrict their ability to operate.
The lawsuit also said that the bill would have an adverse effect on Georgia’s reputation as a tourist destination and a source of jobs.
The new law, which took effect July 1, prohibits owners of restaurants and bars from operating more than 30 days a year, and bars and restaurants with more than 10 people from serving alcohol within the premises.
The law applies to both private and public establishments, but bars and clubs have the option to operate as a non-profit.
The restaurant owners argued that the law, like other local legislation passed since 2014, is unconstitutional because it does not allow for a broad definition of what constitutes a “bar,” and bars are considered to be bars under Georgia law.