Curbing Downtown Violence

With the recent focus on downtown safety, the Naperville Restaurant Association is searching for solutions.

The group recently met in response to some council members calling for a cut to late night bar hours to alleviate downtown violence.

While restaurant owners agree something needs to be done to curb out of control drinking, they don’t think cutting their hours will do the trick.

“It’s going to put everyone on the streets at the same time,” said Quigley. “Right now, you have some that will leave at midnight, they will trickle in and leave. Now you aren’t going to have them leaving an hour earlier, so you’re going to have everyone leaving at the same time. I think it’s going to cause more problems.”

Some of the group’s ideas include limitations on patrons ages 21 to 25, eliminating drink specials that encourage drinking a lot in a short period, and finding a way to deter people from bar hopping, which could lead to unknown over serving.

“They go bar hopping and you have the doormen, but it’s not easy to tell if someone has had something to drink,” said Quigley.

The Restaurant Association will meet again and hopes to have a proposal to the council before their August 19th meeting.

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