CLEVELAND, Ohio-- The FOX 8 I TEAM has learned the state has started sending out approvals to bars and restaurants looking for permission to serve liquor until 4 a.m. during the week of the Republican National Convention.
A spokesman for the Ohio Department of Commerce says the approvals started going out in the mail Thursday. He expected the process would continue through Friday. A full list of businesses getting approval will not be released until all of the notices have gone out.
More than 400 late-night waivers with final approval are going out to establishments in Cuyahoga and surrounding counties.
Cleveland alone forwarded a list of 243 requests to the state although the city recommended 3 of the applications be denied.
Some folks worry about an increase in drunk driving with the late hours. The local chapter of Mothers Against Drink Driving is hoping bar customers and employees will be responsible to help make sure drunk drivers don't hit the road.
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