Local bar reacts to ABC board decision on ending alcohol sales after 11 p.m.


DALEVILLE, Ala. (WDHN) — Hangar 33 Sports Bar in Level Plains just got back on its feet after being closed approximately two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has caused them to operate a little different.

“So I made a conscious decision to change from a live music venue to a bigger room with games. Having said that, if you look around you’ll see I spreaded things out I have adequate spacing. We adhere to the 50% rule,” Owner Curt Childree said.

Not only is the bar having a difficult time operating at half capacity, but they are facing another obstacle. On Monday, the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control voted to approve an emergency order restricting restaurants and bars from selling alcoholic beverages in efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The bar has been doing their job taking the necessary precautions such as sanitizing used areas from the bar, pool tables, pool sticks and maintaining a social distance.

Owner Curt Childree says 11 pm is prime time for the bar due to all of the late night shift workers in the area.

“Shutting it off at 11 takes that away from em. If there is some scientific rationale as to why 11 is the magic number, I sure would love the answer to that but right now it don’t seem reasonable to me to have a 11:00 closure. Why not 8:00, why not 10:00, why not 2:00? There’s no rationale provided to me behind that decision,” Childree said.

Childree says the decision is going to impact his bar tremendously and it hopes it doesn’t lead to a close. The rule will go into effect August 1st.

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