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May 3, 2013

Bars fight off earlier closing time

City to add Friday night walking police officer downtown

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Joseph Edwards, chairman of the commission, said several downtown restaurants that stay open to 2 a.m. Saturday morning lock their doors at 1 a.m. to keep more customers from walking in during that final hour.

“They only let customers who are inside at 1 stay until 2,” Edwards said of the Tap Brewhouse, The Lasting Room and Hans Garden. “They don’t let any new customers in past 1. Most of the owners and managers prefer to police themselves.”

In 2006, the commission voted that all bars and restaurants in the city must close by 1 a.m., except Saturday mornings, in response to a rash of late-night trouble, including fights, vandalism and noise that bothered people who live in downtown apartments and condos.

The change came as city officials began encouraging more residential housing downtown.

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