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Friday, December 6, 2013

Late-night club owners launch campaign to fight ending 5 a.m. closing time

Posted By on Fri, Dec 6, 2013 at 10:36 AM

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Little Rock late-night club owners, working with the Arkansas Licensed Beverage Association, have launched an effort to dissuade the Little Rock Board of Directors from passing an ordinance to require Little Rock clubs to close at 2 a.m. rather than 5 a.m. as their state private club alcohol permit currently allows. They've launched a website, a Facebook page and they sent the release that follows. The board is expected to consider an ordinance sometime early next year.

The association is seeking to make the Little Rock directors and the city aware of the potential impact of the closing of these venues at 2:00am rather than at 5:00am as being proposed. In a time of city budget cutting, the limiting of the hours of operation will have a major impact on tax revenues being remitted to the city of Little Rock. It will of course impact money paid to the state of Arkansas as well. The current 5:00am clubs generate approximately 70% and often more of their business between 2:00am and 5:00am. Not only will the business and the revenues collected for the city be lost but also the businesses affected will be forced to layoff well over 60% to 75% of their employees. These people have children, car and house payments. If the ordinance is passed the businesses affected may be forced to evaluate continuing their operations altogether. While there is some talk of economic fairness in an across the board closing there seems to be little that is fair about firms being forced to layoff hard-working individuals who have families and potentially close their businesses. The late night businesses that are allowed to operate until 5:00am provide food, entertainment and adult beverages to many individuals who work the late and evening shifts at hospitals, hotels, restaurants and the service industries in and around Little Rock. Most major first class cities across the nation provide its citizens with some type of late night entertainment as well as food and drink. Our city has numerous concerts, a presidential library, and a demographically and socially diverse population that deserves the opportunity to seek a late night venue.                                                                                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                                                         

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