Digital News Report – SANTA CRUZ – In the tough economy some eateries have transformed themselves into nightclubs after dark. The Santa Cruz city council addressed this phenomenon at their Tuesday meeting.
This new development concerned some citizens and members of the council. In 1995 the city passed a regulation to allow some restaurants to serve alcoholic beverages. They divided sales establishments into two groups: high risk with permits of $1,598 and low risk permits costing $851.
The high-risk sellers include liquor stores and nightclubs. The low-risk sellers are the restaurants serving beer and wine. Now some restaurants have begun a night-time operation. The restaurants are staying open later and this has become a problem for law enforcement.
Back in July the council discussed solutions to this trend. The city considered new fees and regulations. In November they directed staff to study the matter.
The city now requires that if an establishment adds music or expands their hours, they must apply for a permit change. They may be required to hire extra security and have acoustical studies performed. Establishments with small amplifiers will not be affects.
There are only a handful of nightclubs that will be affected:
Red Restaurant and Bar
Rosie McCann’s Irish Pub
Ideal Bar and Grill
Cafe Mare Italian Restaurant
Crow’s Nest Restaurant
By: Mark Williams