Posted at: 09/25/2013 5:55 PM
| Updated at: 09/26/2013 12:56 AM
By: WNYT Staff
GLENS FALLS - The State Liquor Authority has decided bars in Warren County should close at 3 a.m. That’s one hour earlier than they currently shut down.
County officials and the Glens Falls mayor have supported the change, but bar owners have not.
They argue they expect to lose 10 to 15 percent of their business.
The change will take effect once the county is officially notified.
Even though many bar owners think it'll hit them hard in the pocketbook, Tony Poulos, who operates two watering holes on South Street, thinks moving last call from 4:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. isn't the end of the world.
"I don't think it's a huge deal," Poulos says, "I don't think one hour is going to make or break my business or any of the other businesses on the street."
Ashley Bell tends bar at the Casino Lounge, where she thinks the change makes a lot of sense.
"Honestly, I don't think it's a big deal," she begins, "No one has any business being on the street after three in the morning anyway. Nothing good ever happens after twelve."
But at twelve midnight, the evening is just getting underway for a chef named Herb, who was sipping some suds at a South Street tavern Wednesday night.
"I don't get out of work until eleven or twelve o'clock," he says, "If I want to go out and have a few beers now, I have just a few hours to relax and have a good time with my friends and co-workers."
The closing time change is a direct result of a serious assault and other criminal activity in Glens Falls, in the early morning hours.
"I'm fairly confident that the consensus of my community, and the citizens and residents of the area will be: it's a good idea," says Ben Driscoll, a Glens Falls councilman, and member of the Warren County Board of Supervisors.
What still remains to be seen, and what many bar owners fear, is whether some customers travel to nearby Saratoga County or Washington County where closing time is still 4:00 a.m.