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St. Charles Has New Plan to Cut Down on Problems at Main Street Bars

The original plan was to shut all the bars at 11 p.m. - that didn't go over too well.

August 08, 2018 - 12:34 pm

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOX) - A compromise could keep drinks flowing on St. Charles' Main Street.
 
The original plan was to shut all the bars at 11 p.m. - that didn't go over too well.

St. Charles Councilman Dave Beckering tells KMOX a new plan would set up a liquor commission to track problems at bars, issuing points. They would also eventually cut down the number of bars in the area from 18 to six through attrition.

"The whole idea for this district was restaurants that serve liquor, and what's happened is it's turned into a nightclub spot," he says.

If a restaurant voluntarily decides to stop serving alcohol at 11 p.m., they'd be exempted from that reduction in bars.

Beckering thinks bar owners will be more receptive to this plan over his last one, which would've shut all of them down at 11 p.m.

"Almost all of what's seen in this ordinace is going to be no surprise to them - it's all things we've discussed," he says.
 
There's a meeting next Tuesday to get feedback.