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

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

click to enlarge littlerock5am_logo3-300x300.png
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.                                                                                                                                                                                      

Tags: , , ,

From the ArkTimes store


Comments (12)

Showing 1-12 of 12

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-12 of 12

Add a comment

More by Lindsey Millar

  • The Arkansas Cinema Society's must-see 'Premiere'

    The new outfit kicks off with Adam Driver "A Ghost Story" and more.
    • Aug 17, 2017
  • David Lowery Q&A

    The Texas filmmaker brings an indie sensibility to beloved Disney stories.
    • Aug 17, 2017
  • The End of the LRSD Edition

    U.S. Rep. Steve Womack’s laughable plan for an Arkansas town hall meeting of sorts, turmoil at Tucker prison, the Little Rock School District selling the former Garland School to a Walton Family Foundation affiliate and campaign finance questions in the Little Rock mayor’s race — all covered on this week's podcast.
    • Aug 11, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Jason Rapert vs. Wikipedia

    Sen. Jason Rapert against the world: Wikipedia edition.
    • Jan 23, 2016
  • Among the last words from Kenneth Williams: 'Finger Lickin' Good Fried Chicken'

    What's purported to be a final-words essay from condemned prisoner Kenneth Williams was distributed today by Deborah Robinson, a freelance journalist in Arkansas.  He reflects on his execution, his victims, reactions of inmates and big servings of fried chicken, which he says are given to all inmates on execution days.
    • Apr 27, 2017
  • Auditor Lea caught not telling the truth

    State Auditor Andrea Lea, who began her tenure in statewide office with a degree of competence unseen in some other Republican counterparts (think Treasurer Dennis Milligan particularly), is becoming more deeply mired in a political scandal.
    • Mar 4, 2016

Most Viewed

  • Arkansas-linked Charlottesville marcher identified, apologizes to those misidentified

    A man who says he's a former University of Arkansas student now living in New England has identified himself as the person wearing an "Arkansas Engineering" T-shirt in the Friday white supremacist march in Fayetteville. He apologized for involving UA in the story and to the professor misidentified as being the person wearing the shirt.

Most Recent Comments



© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation