Part of the core of Pike/Pine’s nightlife scene, Neumos and Moe Bar have put out a call to customers asking for their support of a Seattle City Council resolution to petition the state liquor board to allow local government to ask for “extended service hours.”
WANT THE BARS TO BE OPEN LATER, POSSIBLY EVEN 24 HOURS?
Please write, email, or phone the Liquor Board and express your support for City of Seattle Council Resolution Number 31308
The Washington State Liquor Control Board has entered into the initial stage of rule making to revise WAC-314-11-070 During What Hours Can I Sell and Serve Liquor? The City of Seattle filed a petition with the board requesting a change to WAC-31411-070 to allow local governments to petition the board to establish extended service hours within their local jurisdictions.
The rule currently prohibits the sale or service of liquor between 2am and 6am.
Please forward your initial comments to the Liquor Control Board by mail, email, or fax by December 1st, 2011″
Liquor Control Board
PO Box 43080
Olympia WA 98504
Neumos and Moe Bar strongly recommend the WSLCB make extended hours of service possible. As busy and predominantly late-night Seattle businesses on Capitol Hill, we believe it would help many safety concerns night life is faced with. It would help eliminate the 2am push out, which is taxing on SPD, as well as cab service, and street safety. In addition, It would have a positive impact on the city of Seattle from a tourism and general economic stand point.
Thank you for you consideration!
To be fair, CHS has also received a request from another Pike/Pine business owner who does not support extended hours to remind CHS readers about the issue. That business owner declined to be identified so, hey, Neumos gets the headline.
Extended service hours have been identified as part of Mayor Mike McGinn’s Seattle Nightlife Initiative as an opportunity to create a safer environment by eliminating the “last call” spill-out into the streets after 2a and as an opportunity to create a more active, lucrative nightlife economy. The City Council has already shown its support for extended hours in Seattle with a vote this summer to approve a resolution asking the state to review its rules regarding liquor service. In October, the state said it would study the ability for local jurisdictions to set extended service hours.
The new resolution lays out Seattle’s potential role as lead city in the statewide changes:
Section 1. The City of Seattle requests that the Washington State Liquor Control Board modify existing WAC 314- 11-070, which strictly prohibits service of any alcohol between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m., and establish new rules allowing local authorities to petition to establish extended hours service areas within their jurisdictions.
Section 2. The City of Seattle will work collaboratively with the Washington State Liquor Control Board, other local jurisdictions, and other police and law enforcement authorities to: 1) research the experience of other jurisdictions that have authorized extended service hours, 2) review the proposed changes to WAC 314-11-170, and 3) identify policing and regulatory strategies that would lead to safe and successful implementation of extended hour service areas.