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WBR bars allowed to stay open late on Sundays again

4 years ago June 30, 2011 Jun 30, 2011 Thursday, June 30 2011 Thursday, June 30, 2011 9:26:27 PM CDT in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Ashley Rodrigue

BATON ROUGE-  A ban on Sunday night alcohol sales is dead days after it started in West Baton Rouge Parish. 

Parish leaders pulled the ordinance because of legal questions.

Last month, the West Baton Rouge council made it illegal for bars and clubs to be open past 10 p.m. on Sundays, following two shootings at bars in two months.  That's because the parish president revoked the ordinance at the request of council.

Some bars we stopped in said the changes didn't affect them because their Sunday business is slow.  But others say that one Sunday hurt pretty bad and they'd be in trouble if they lost any more.  Some say they're already looking into moving their businesses.

People say they're glad things are back to normal, but they're still frustrated about the issue.

Daiquiri Cafe Owner Shane Whittington said, "I don't understand why they had one incident at a bar and it affects every bar. I mean, if that's the case, if it happened, if the incident would have happened on a Wednesday are they gonna shut down early on Wednesdays?"

Bartender Miles Rieger said, "Sunday night is one of the biggest nights we make money over here because with people coming in because the bars can't be open over there on Sunday nights for very late, so people just come over here instead."

"I don't see how just segregating and prohibiting from going out on one night is gonna prevent that sort of occurrence from re-happening again," said Dane Dupuy, "I don't know, it just doesn't make sense to me."

While sales are a go for now, the council is still considering letting the public vote on Sunday closing times.

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