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OLCC May Limit Outdoor Alcohol Sales And Music

OPB | April 24, 2013 3:50 p.m. | Updated: April 24, 2013 5:01 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

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The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is expected to vote Thursday on a rule that would place new time restrictions on bars that have outdoor seating and share a property line with a residence.

David Nogueras / OPB

Under the proposed rule, bars and restaurants of that kind would not be allowed to play amplified music on a patio or sidewalk cafe past 10 p.m.  The rule would also prohibit the outdoor sale or consumption of alcohol any later than 11:00 p.m. during the week or 1:00 a.m. on weekends.

Farshad Allahdadi is the Director of License Services at the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.  He says the proposal has generated some strong public feedback — both for and against.

“The staff tried to balance the various perspective on this issue and come with as balanced a proposal as possible.  Not everybody is going to like it.  Businesses, it will be more restrictive than current regulations.  But I think for some of the neighbors it’s not enough.”

Allahdadi says the commission has the option of either approving the rule, denying it, or sending it back for revision.

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