More than crackers in that barrel: Council approves Cracker Barrel alcohol license

The Cullman Cracker Barrel restaurant is seen Monday night, Nov. 23, 2020. (W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman City Council on Monday evening helped the city’s Cracker Barrel restaurant take an unusual step by approving the franchise’s application for an alcohol license. When approved by the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, the local outlet will join an increasing number of Cracker Barrels across the Southeast that are serving such selections as beer, wine, hard cider and mimosas as part of the chain’s efforts at recovery from over $160 million in losses due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

Cullman’s franchise and Gadsden’s, which was just approved last week, will join more than 100 Cracker Barrel restaurants that are already serving alcohol; the company anticipates that up to 600 of its more than 660 local outlets will be participating in the near future.

The council also approved resolutions:

  • 2021 – 43 to award the bid for one or more work trucks to Mitch Smith Chevrolet, the lowest responsible bidder, in the budgeted amount not to exceed $31,381.50 per truck. Eckenrod Ford Lincoln and Bill Smith Buick GMC were notified but did not submit bids.
  • 2021 – 44 to enter into a professional services contract with GovtPortal, Inc. to set up an electronic payment kiosk for the City’s Municipal Court at no cost to the City of Cullman.
  • 2021 – 45 to set terms and appointment for a seven-member City of Cullman Planning Commission adding Brad Smith and the mayor’s non-voting appointee Brandon Lewis.
  • 2021 – 46 to approve the 2021 Cullman City Council Meeting Schedule, posted below.
  • 2021 – 47 to authorize a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application and $100,000 local match for access road and fire loop accessibility road for Reliance Worldwide Corporation Warehouse.
  • 2021 – 48 to authorize applications for a $350,000 CDBG grant and $350,000 Appalachian Regional Commission grant, with a $100,000 local match, for 24th Street Southwest in Industrial Park #2 resurfacing and improvements.
  • 2021-49 to authorize an agreement with the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) for sidewalks and streetscape improvements along Second Avenue NE from Arnold Street NE to Oak Drive NE, under ALDOT’s Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP).


The council also approved ordinances:

  • 2021 – 05 to amend the officers of the City of Cullman, removing the Tech Village director and adding a right of way maintenance superintendent.
  • 2021 – 08 to annex property on County Road 1319 into the city limits as R-4.
  • 2021 – 09 to annex property on County Road 715 into the city limits as R-3.
  • 2021 – 10 to vacate a utility easement on 1203 Welti Road SE.


The council held a first reading but took no action on Ordinance 2021 – 11 to approve the Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday Feb. 26-28, 2021. A vote on the ordinance will take place at a later meeting.

The Cullman City Council’s 2021 meeting schedule is as follows. All meetings take place at 7 p.m. in the Cullman City Hall auditorium. 

  • Monday, Jan. 11
  • Monday, Jan. 25
  • Monday, Feb. 8
  • Monday, Feb. 22
  • Monday, March 8
  • Monday, March 22
  • Monday, April 12
  • Monday, April 26
  • Monday, May 10
  • Monday, May 24
  • Monday, June 14
  • Monday, June 28
  • Monday, July 12
  • Monday, July 26
  • Monday, Aug. 9
  • Monday, Aug. 23
  • Monday, Sept. 13
  • Monday, Sept. 27
  • Monday, Oct. 11
  • Monday, Oct.25
  • Monday, Nov. 8
  • Monday, Nov. 15
  • Monday, Dec. 5
  • Monday, Dec. 13


Unless otherwise noted, the Cullman City Council meets on the second and fourth Monday evenings of each month. The public is invited, subject to occupancy restrictions.

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W.C. Mann