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Raleigh council approves curfew on sidewalk dining downtown

Posted August 4, 2015

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— The City Council on Tuesday approved limits on outdoor dining in downtown Raleigh.

The number of seats a restaurant or bar can have on the sidewalk will be based on its indoor seating capacity, and all patrons will have to be inside by midnight Sundays through Thursdays and by 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Currently, patrons can remain out on restaurant or bar patios until 2 a.m. nightly.

City officials said they have received 30 complaints since June 1 over crowded sidewalks downtown, trash and late-night noise.

The restrictions will be in place for a three-month trial period. After that, city officials will measure the impact before determining if they should be extended, changed or dropped.


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  • Robert Fotch Jr Aug 5, 2015
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    He who has the most money wins, right city council? WRONG! How dare you try to tell grown adults what time they have to go nighty night. Last time I checked, we were living in a free country, well not free, we're paying for it with the lives of our service men and women. Maybe a couple of friends decide to sit down and take a break from walking around. What are you going to do, arrest them? I think the city council got their pockets padded on this unconstitutional liberalism.

  • Sam Adams Aug 5, 2015
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    Here is an idea, if you don't want noise then don't live downtown. Its ridiculous to believe that you would get the peace and quiet of living in the country while you are living in a city. I know Raleigh is a small city, but its growing and with larger cities comes late night noises you would not find in suburbia. If that's what you want and expect then I suggest you move. I think the City Council is overstepping on this one.

  • Terry Lightfoot Aug 4, 2015
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    Wow, City council places curfew on adults enjoying downtown and not breaking laws? Nancy - just how does the Chamber sell this to young hip folks looking to move to Raleigh - you want growth, you got it....what a kneejerk reaction.

  • Dana McCall Aug 4, 2015
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    "Dining" (as pictured) isn't the problem.