CLEVELAND, Ohio-- The FOX 8 I-Team has learned more than 400 local bars have been given the OK to serve alcohol until 4 a.m. during the week of the Republican National Convention, well past the usual 2 a.m. closing time.
And we’ve obtained a breakdown showing more than half of those establishments are in Cleveland. Well over a 100 are in other parts of Cuyahoga County. The rest are in counties that border Cuyahoga County.
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Many bar managers and others are happy, but we also found concern from drivers and local police.
Richfield Lt. Joe Davis is with the Summit County OVI Task Force. He says officers there are already talking about having more night patrols that week. Davis said, "At nighttime, nationally, you have a 34% chance of encountering a drunk driver as opposed to 9% during the daytime."
Last month, the Barley House in Cleveland told us it could rake in an extra $100,000 that week. Meantime, employees there are being reminded of the dangers of staying open late. Managers have already been talking about reminding employees to keep watch if customers drink too much.