SEATTLE-- The Washington Liquor ControlBoard will consider Seattle's request to serve alcohol beyond 2:00 a.m. But they have some big concerns to address before making any sort of decision.
We're going to need information that suggests its not going to be chaos, said Liquor Control Board Deputy Director Rick Garza. The concern the board would have ultimately is public safety.
Seattle Police support a pilot program to try out the extended hours, but not all bars would be granted the extension. Only establishments with a safe record would be allowed to serve alcohol past 2:00 a.m.
Besides public safety, there is concern about noise issues for neighborhoods. Also, as an example, a 6:00 a.m. closing would butt up against the morning rush hour.
Additionally, Seattle's extended hours could be a magnet for drunks from other cities who want to keep on partying.
I still have the legal responsibility to not be over-serving or serving minors, said Seattle Nightlife Director Pete Hanning. I take it seriously. I'll be administering if you're a Seattleite or if you're from Tacoma.
After hours extensions would be a statewide issue, giving other Washington cities the opportunity to petition to apply for later hours. Statewide public hearings on the issue may be in the future.