As we glance ahead to the city council's briefing agenda for Wednesday, we see they'll take up the potential local option election on November 2 that would result in the entirety of the city getting wet -- which is to say, the petition drive demanding beer and alcohol sales citywide. The part you're probably most interested in begins on Page 24 of the briefing: the frequently asked questions, each of which has an answer provided by Dallas City Attorney Tom Perkins.
Such as: "If the election is successful, when will alcohol sales be allowed?" Well, since you asked: "Legalization takes effect at the time that the results of the election are officially canvassed. But it takes about 45-60 days to obtain permits from the TABC." Or: "Will the election change the zoning where bars (alcoholic beverage establishments) are allowed?" Short answer: No. Or: "Will the election affect where stores that sell alcohol are allowed?" That's a two-parter: "Yes, if the store sells only beer or wine. No, if the package store sells hard liquor."
And for those Friends who've asked about beer barns, there's this climactic Q&A at the briefing's end: "Q: Can the city impose additional regulations on businesses that sell alcohol, such as convenience stores, beer barns, or drive-through windows? A: No." Take a shot if you guessed that falls under TABC's jurisdiction as well.