DEARBORN, Mich. - Changes are brewing at the bar.
Right now, last call for alcohol in Michigan is at 2 a.m. However, a new bill proposed by Senator Virgil Smith (D-Detroit) would allow bars and restaurants in central business districts to keep the party going until 4 a.m.
For Mike Bazzi at the Post Bar in Dearborn, it's like music to his ears.
"Our workers and I we all speak amongst each other about how great it would be because when we do get busy at 1 a.m., how great it would be if we would extend it to 4 a.m.," Bazzi said.
If the bill is approved, businesses would have to buy a special after hours permit for $10,000 each year. For some places that's chump change. For others it is a big chunk of change.
"If you cut that in 1/2 it would be a little more feasible," said Dan Carey, manager at the Nancy Whiskey bar.
"I think it is steep. There shouldn't be a special license for it, but I mean if that would separate us from, you know, somebody next door," said Bazzi.
But what about the disadvantage for bars such as the Nancy Whiskey, which is outside the business district.
"Certain places might take a hit," said Carey.
Folks at the bar say bring on the booze. That's what attracts them to other cities like Chicago and New York which allow them to raise their glasses until 4 a.m.
"There is more night life. It creates a lot of people moving down to the city, younger people are going to be moving down to the city more and more, driving business, driving commerce. I think it's a positive move and the city needs to look at these other major cities and wonder why we're not doing it already," said Tony Pelot.
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