Atlanta mayor issues order allowing bars to stay open late after Super Bowl
Fans of the Atlanta Falcons in their hometown will either have plenty of time to celebrate a Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots, or drown their sorrows after the game.
Mayor Kasim Reed signed an executive order permitting bars in Atlanta to remain open until 2:30 a.m. on Sunday night/Monday morning (via Eater Atlanta):
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— Kasim Reed (@KasimReed) February 3, 2017
“Whereas, the Mayor, in celebration of the Atlanta Falcons NFC Championship win; and in recognition of the desire of the citizens of and visitors to the City of Atlanta to celebrate the Falcons participation in Super Bowl LI, hereby suspends enforcement of the current allowable hours of operation at certain locations licensed for the sale of alcohol for on premises consumption on Super Bowl Sunday so as to accommodate the festive nature of this day.”
On a typical Sunday, such establishments would shut down at the stroke of midnight.
Minnesota establishments are already looking forward to when the Super Bowl hits the Land of 10,000 Lakes in 2018.
A Senate committee heard a bill Tuesday to allow bars and restaurants in Hennepin and Ramsey counties to stay open two hours later than usual — until 4 a.m. for the late night partiers — on Super Bowl weekend. U.S. Bank Stadium is set to host the Super Bowl on Feb. 4, 2018. If passed, the extension would apply starting that Friday through Monday morning.
Sen. Karin Housley said her legislation is hardly different from past drinking-hour extensions granted for the 2008 Republican National Convention and the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
There’s one bar in a city whose team hasn’t had a problem with Super Bowl hours that is actually shutting down for the game.
Thomas Magee’s Sporting House Whiskey Bar in Michigan will open on Sunday morning for soccer fans but when the Falcons and Patriots kick off (FOX, 6:00 p.m.), the establishment shuts down.
Owner Erik Olson closes because it’s an event for amateurs, and besides, everyone already has someplace else to go. Thus far, Olson hasn’t had to worry about hometown fans and the NFL’s biggest contest.