Local nightlife should extend hours

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Local bars and restaurants are contemplating going before Sealy City Council to request extending their alcohol-serving business hours from midnight to 2 a.m.
The way I understand it, if council approves, these businesses could still opt to shut down at midnight during the week when traffic is a little slower and just stay open until 2 a.m. on weekends.
Trust and believe, I am not doing anything but snoring in bed in my pajamas at 10 p.m., midnight and 2 a.m. In fact, I don’t know what time of day you’re reading this but there’s a high likelihood I’d be taking a nap right now if I could.
But I think this is a good idea for two reasons.
1. There’s not a lot for young, single professionals to do in Sealy. It would be great to have a thriving nightlife and get more people out to see live music and enjoy the downtown ambiance. It would be great for all the local businesses, even those that don’t serve booze. Small businesses struggle with low advertising budgets and the fact that people don’t know they’re there, or what their business hours are or what they sell. The more foot traffic around town, the better.
2. If the people who want to kick back and have a drink can’t stay out late in Sealy, they’re going to drive to Katy or Houston. While it’s not safe to drink and drive any distance, it makes more sense to consume alcohol close to home, where it’s easy to get a lift from another sober patron or take an Uber or call yo’ mama.
So while I do not envision a scenario in which I’ll be partaking in any extended bar hours, I do see the benefit. I think the businesses will make a little more money and expand their clientele.
Let’s pull together and support our local businesses. Let’s shop local. Let’s give our money to the mom and pop shops. Our community is thriving and will continue to do so with the support of its residents.
I want Sealy’s businesses to succeed. I think we all do. People come from all over the state for events like Sealybration, and we’ve got to get rid of this small-town mentality. We’re an extension of Houston with the ambiance of nice neighborhoods, a low cost of living and a low crime rate. Also it should be noted that local bars and restaurants previously were allowed to stay open until 2 a.m.
Business owners may find that the extended hours don’t work. They may end up with bartenders standing around with no one to serve. If they don’t have any customers, they have the right to shut down or change their hours back to closing at midnight all week. However, it might be worth a try to give them the option and see if it works.
Tell us what you think in our online poll at sealynews.com.

April Towery is the managing editor of The Sealy News. She can be reached at 979-885-3562 or via email at editor@sealynews.com.

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