These past few Summers, Naperville’s downtown nightlife scene has had its share of problems, among them late night fights and a fatal quarry crash, all fueled by alcohol.
Recognizing the need for change, the City rolled out new restrictions last fall, amending the law to prohibit sales on alcohol that cut the price more than 50%, and not allowing re-entry into a bar within an hour of closing time.
And now police are hoping their plans make a difference throughout the summer months, as they gear up to offer more support were needed.
“With the warmer weather, people come out, there are a lot of restaurants, bars, a lot of activity going down in the summer months, so well dictate our staffing levels to whatever is going on that evening, especially Friday and Saturday nights,” said Sergeant Bill Davis, Public Information Officer with the Naperville Police Department.
Besides police ramping up enforcement, local bars are re-visiting the way they do
“We’ve got a good model here that has worked for the past 15 years and certainly taking extra precautions in terms of carding and making sure who we let in our building and in our establishment, and trying to be a good judge of character,” said Andy Nosek, General Manager at Quigley’s Irish Pub. “It starts at the door and starts with my door personnel and the staff as well.”
Bar owners have worked closely with police to experiment with a new way to keep track of unwanted patrons in the downtown area.
“One of the things that the bars and restaurants have come up with is they have a text or group page, where if they have problems with an individual they will tell somebody or cut somebody off, and they will text the other businesses and let them know, we had problems or issues with a certain person, so they’re all communicating together,” said Sergeant Davis.
The problems aren’t new to local bar owners, but Nosek hopes the outcomes are different.
“You just see a younger generation and the new fresh 21, 22 year-olds and you know we were all there, we all thought we were invincible too,” said Nosek. “It’s kind of bringing them back down to reality and making sure they know that it wont be tolerated in our town and to keep it beautiful.”
Once school is out for the summer, police will also reschedule their school officers to patrol the downtown streets at night for added security.
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