OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Some companies are fighting back against government Kevin Stitt’s new at. 23.00 bar and restaurant ban, while others do everything they can to comply with the rules.
“We have a concert tonight and we’re moving on with the concert,” said Steve Brack, owner of Western Nights.
Brack’s Northwest Oklahoma City business is taking a risk this weekend.
They stay open late despite Steit̵
“We are open six hours a night, two nights a week. We have to do our business 12 hours a week, ”said Brack.
Earlier in the week, Stitt handed out restrictions on bars and restaurants. They have to stop serving at. 23 except walking and driving through orders.
Brack says he considers his business to be a music venue, not a bar. But he says ABLE considers him a bar.
“They do not know if we are considered a bar or a club or a place. I would say we are a club music venue because we have the big stage. We make national, regional, local artists. We have the dance floor, ”said Brack.
On Thursday, Mayor David Holt asked Oklahoma City residents to stay home for the next 10 days.
Brack claims the city is not legally enforcing Stitt’s order.
“What we have found out is that the governor is not using the riots in this closed at 11 a.m., but Mayor Holt is using the Riot Act,” Brack said.
Across the city, the owner of Hopscotch goes above and beyond to keep his business going, even putting up clear showers and plexiglass between customers.
“Moving the tables would be very detrimental to us, so we decided to put up shower curtains,” said Joe Jungmann, owner of Hopscotch.
Usually open until 2, Jungmann says he closes the doors at. 23.00
The same decision was made at this bar in Midwest City.
“This is really financially strenuous, not only for the owners, but also for all of our staff,” said Randy Abbott, owner of Bamboo Room.
But the owner of Western Nights says he is not ready to return yet.
“We have not seen the order. We have been given four to five different directions by different people. Nothing is clear, ”Brack said.
Brack said his lawyer sent a letter to Holt on Friday asking about the Riot Act. The city tells us they will review it.
Right now, it is still unclear whether venues and clubs fall under the governor’s orders.
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