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City bylaw stipulating 50-50 food and liquor is withdrawn

November 2nd, 2009 · 10 Comments

That’s what various blog friends are emailing me in the latest.

For those who don’t recall, the city passed a motion a couple of weeks ago to deal with restaurant hours, which will allow a bunch of restaurants to now stay open to 1 a.m. on weekdays, 2 a.m. on weekends. That meant a few got rolled back, but now everyone is on an even playing field.

But, along with that, there was another bylaw change that stipulated that those restaurants, all of them with what’s called a food primary licence, had to serve at least 50 per cent food out of their total billings in any eight-hour period, with 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. being the critical one.

That prompted an uproar from restaurant operators, who claimed they were vulnerable to attacks by anal and nerdy inspectors who would ding them if people were ordering $40 bottles of wine with their $12 hamburgers.

From what I’m hearing via the email vine, that reading of that bylaw has now been withdrawn. Awaiting further word.

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