Downtown restaurants welcome patio rule change

New liquor rules going into effect this week could give a boost to struggling downtown Calgary bars and restaurants.The government, through the Alberta Liquor and Gaming Commision, eased restrictions on patios. They’ll now be able to serve alcohol after midnight and until just before closing time.Downtown Business Association Executive Director Maggie Schofield tells 660 NEWS, it’s unlikely there will be noise complaints in the commercial core.“We don’t really envision a lot of issued with it, because we don’t have a terrific amount of residential,” she said. “We might be concerned about areas around hotels, although many of those have patios themselves. So we trust they will be respectful in their operations. And then we have areas like Eau Claire, where there may be some concerns.”She says it will be up to each business to decide if they want to keep their patios open later, but it will hopefully mean higher sales and more money for servers. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Cindy White Posted Aug 13, 2016 8:10 am MDT Downtown restaurants welcome patio rule change (Pexel) read more