Restaurants, bars and nightclubs in the District will still be able to serve alcohol later than usual for several days around the presidential inauguration next month, but not quite as late as they first thought.
They'll be able to serve food around the clock from January 17th to the 21st, but the D.C. Council is rolling back last call for alcohol from 5 a.m. to 4 a.m.
Council members modified their original legislation after receiving objections from some community leaders and from two U.S. Senators involved in planning the inauguration, Dianne Feinstein of California and Robert Bennett of Utah. They said extending the hours for serving alcohol could cause problems and overstretch police resources. The council also approved charging fees for establishments looking to stay open late during the inauguration. Nightclubs will have to pay $250 for each night they extend service, bars and restaurants, $100.