Rules for Outdoor Bars

Mea culpa.

The back and forth dickering among Cincinnati officials about changing the rules governing outdoor areas at bars and restaurants is enough to confuse even bleary-eyed reporters.

Wednesday’s blog posting erroneously lists the proposed operating hours for outdoor areas from an earlier version of the ordinance, not the most recent one that city council’s Economic Development Committee will review July 31.

The earlier version prohibited outdoor areas from operating between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays and between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. other days.

In fact, the later version being considered by council provides longer operating hours in what some city officials describe as a compromise with bar owners. The rule changes before council only prohibits outdoor areas from operating between midnight and 7 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays and from 10 p.m.-7 a.m. on other days unless a conditional use permit is granted.

The proposed later operating hours have concerned some neighborhood groups, which think it will disrupt residential areas next to bars with outdoor seating.

The city’s planning commission also dislikes the later hours, putting it at odds with council’s latest stance on the issue.

During the past few months, several different sets of operating guidelines have been proposed.

— Kevin Osborne

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One Comment on “Rules for Outdoor Bars”

  1. Guthrie Says:

    I think these are the exact same rules we have in Chicago, and I can assure you that the outdoor bar industry is thriving.

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