Columbia on Tuesday moved to change its 2 a.m. bar closing law after several Five Points bars, cited for violating it, protested the ordinance is unclear and unfair.
The key changes clarify that:
“There is clarity now,” Kyzer said.
Seven Five Points nightspots ran afoul of underage drinking laws and the 2 a.m. permits. Of those, four appealed to the city manager because they were on the verge of a three-month suspension of the permit just as USC students returned to campus. The four bars were awarded new permits, but at least one owner is talking about suing the city.
Council must vote a second time before the changes become permanent.