Beer gardens won’t have to close up early after all.
That promise comes from Mayor Mike Houston, who says aldermen and the press misinterpreted his ordinance this week aimed at regulating noise and alcohol sales at downtown street festivals.
The ordinance calls for cutting off alcohol by 11:30pm at those outdoor festivals, but also appeared to apply the same time limit to beer gardens and special outdoor events held by established bars and taverns.
Houston called in to 970 WMAY’s “Ray Lytle Show” to assure the public that beer gardens won’t be affected by the ordinance, and vowed to clarify the language so that it wouldn’t disrupt bars who get special permits for outdoor sales.
Listen to the mayor call "The Council Roundup" at this link.