Shreveport councilman withdraws proposal that would change time some bars must close

Published: Jul. 11, 2022 at 4:38 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 12, 2022 at 5:12 PM CDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - On Monday, July 11, Shreveport City Council members heard from residents and local business owners who voiced their concerns about bars outside of the downtown area being made to close at 2 a.m.

This would only happen if council members pass a proposal sponsored by Councilman Jerry Bowman to prohibit any bars, restaurants, or lounges outside of the downtown area from staying open after 2 a.m.

Some owners at the meeting stated it’s unfair to do so; even Councilman John Nickelson says if some have to close, then they all should.

On Tuesday, council members met to vote on this. During the meeting, Bowman withdrew his proposal.

Another proposal that would require any businesses that want to sell alcohol of a higher ABV, such as tequila, must apply for a Class B alcoholic beverage permit was also up for discussion. This ordinance failed.

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