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November 29, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Plan to extend Seattle bar hours likely delayed

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn’s effort to extend bar hours beyond the current 2 a.m. closing likely will be delayed because of the state’s transition to private liquor sales and distribution.

Speaking at a news conference Tuesday morning in Fremont to announce the addition of five late-night taxi stands, McGinn acknowledged that the State Liquor Control Board, which must approve any rule allowing cities to set later liquor service hours, notified the city that its rule-making process likely would be delayed.

“They’ve got a big workload. It’s a high priority for them to deal with the new rules [for privatization],” McGinn said. But he added that the board assured him it would still take up Seattle’s request to establish later bar hours.

McGinn unveiled a new taxi stand on North 36th Street in Fremont with a freshly painted yellow curb and new signs announcing curbside taxi service from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily. Four other new taxi stands were opened in Belltown, Pioneer Square and Capitol Hill.

The taxi stands and later bar service hours are part of McGinn’s Nightlife Initiative, which seeks to promote a vibrant urban scene but also responds to neighborhood and police concerns about noise, disorder and public safety.

“We want to make sure that it’s safe, that it works for the neighborhood and we want safe ways home.”

 

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