How late is too late to get a drink? Bars to fight on closing time

by: Steve Gehlbach Updated:

How late is too late to get a drink?             

Some DeKalb County bars and restaurants are fighting to keep the doors open later.

The county commission was set to vote on earlier closing hours on Tuesday until some upset owners spoke up.          

Channel 2’s Steve Gehlbach talked to the owner of Tin Roof Cantina on Briarcliff Road about what changing to 2 a.m. from 4 a.m. would do to business. 

He estimates it could cut it up to a third. 


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A group of more than 30 bar and restaurant owners say they just found out about the potential change in the last couple days, right before the DeKalb County commission scheduled a vote Tuesday on a new ordinance.  

They showed up at the meeting to voice their concerns.

 “Those of us privileged enough to stay open till 4 a.m. have built our business models around that. With it just being taken away would end up being a big problem,” business owner Stephen Hudnall. 

In the end, DeKalb commissioners decided to postpone the vote on new earlier closing hours till their next meeting to give time to study what impact it may have.

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