Local bars could serve until 4 a.m. during RNC according to new law

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CLEVELAND - In less than six months from now, the Republican National Convention will converge on Cleveland.

"It will bring the politicians and the party," laughs Stephanie Serrage, manager of the Barley House on West 6th Street in downtown Cleveland.

"It will be St. Patrick's day every day for a week," added Serrage.

Maybe not the same type of atmosphere, but area bars and restaurants will certainly see green that week.

That's because places like the Barley House stand to make even more money under a new Ohio law.

According to the Ohio Department of Commerce, businesses with liquor permits in Cleveland and Columbus can apply for a waiver that allows them to serve alcohol until 4 a.m. during ‘major events’ like the RNC.

"We found out yesterday and applied for it. Now, we just wait to hear," said Serrage.

Flannery's pub on East 4th street hasn't decided if they will apply.

"You have to think of security and logistics, especially if we are going to be open for breakfast too. It give us a three hour window when we're going to be closed. It actually adds a completely new business model to everything. You're added a whole other shift almost," said Sean O'Donnell, owner.

Bars and restaurants in Cuyahoga and six surrounding counties have until March 21 to apply for the waiver.

The Division of Liquor Control will decide who will get them.

It will only be valid July 18 through the 21.

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