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May 22nd, 2009
Bars can stay open until 2 a.m. tonight


The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) will issue 10 permits Friday, May 22, authorizing 10 San Marcos bars and restaurants to be able to close at 2 a.m.

The permits will be issued to Cheatham Street Warehouse, Green Parrot, Harper’s Hall, J’s Bistro, Nephews, Rockie La Rue’s, Sean Patrick’s, Showdown, The Tap Room and The Tavern.

Starting Friday, these establishments will be able to stay open until 2 a.m. nightly. When each business actually begins the later hours will be up to them.

The San Marcos City Council gave final approval to an ordinance May 11 extending closing hours for establishments selling beer and mixed beverages until 2 a.m.

An Extended Hours Task Force studied implementation of the later hours for several months following passage of a non-binding referendum last November in which 71 percent of voters approved the 2 a.m. closing measure.

The late closing hours will be reviewed after six months, 12 months and two years to determine the effectiveness of the ordinance and the impact it may have on the community.

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0 thoughts on “Bars can stay open until 2 a.m. tonight

  1. Get this… nobody told the police department that the 2am hours were going effective this week. The PD had been told it would be June before they would be effective, so they planned accordingly. Rick failed to mention the new date to the chief, and now they are scrambling to change schedules. Rick’s little error is about to cost the city a lot of overtime. Rick, I know you don’t like to worry about details, but those details are important!

    I’m curious how they are getting around amending the conditional use permits each of these bars has, since a change to the operational characteristics would typically trigger the need for an amendment. Inconsistent application of development policy will not attract good business owners and good developers. Business owners and good developers like consistency so they know that their competitors will play on the same field as them.

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