On March 18th, the Borger City Council voted unanimously in favor of allowing local bars to stay open until 2 a.m.. Now, the first of those establishments are beginning to put this new ruling into action.
Elwood Lee, proprietor of the Main St. Bar (631 N. Main), has already applied for an extended hours permit through the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, and he expects the new hours to take effect in his bar by April 14th. Lee also made mention of the disturbing notion that many of the patrons at his bar leave around 11 p.m. in order to drive to Amarillo, continue drinking, and then drive home.
Bars in Amarillo have long stayed open until 2 a.m., the absolute latest time alcohol can be served in Texas. Allowing bars here in town to stay open until 2 a.m. means a considerable cutdown on drunk driving between the two cities.
In addition to the Main St. Bar, many other establishments are gearing up for the later hours. Edwin Ortiz of Lucky Eddie’s bar said he’s already begun the paperwork process, and hopes to implement the new, later hours sometime within the next 3 weeks.
Captain Anthony Griffin of the Borger Police Department said that he doesn’t believe extending the hours of consumption will affect on the security of the city, and that the BPD will continue to monitor the bar scene regularly as they always have.