Many West Hartford bars and restaurants are booming, but some town council members believe the late night entertainment is causing problems.
West Hartford homeowner Darrell Sullivan stands against a proposed law that would force bars and restaurants in town to stop playing live and recorded music by 11 p.m.
“I don't think it's a smart move for West Hartford center to crack down on what's making it vibrant,” Sullivan said.
However, as a businessman, he said he likes the idea. He owns Sully’s Pub in Hartford, just across the West Hartford border.
“It'd be good for us in Hartford because West Hartford center’s destroyed us over the last five years,” Sullivan said.
Right now, West Hartford venues can host music performances until 2 a.m.
The town council proposal aims to fight against a nightclub element, but Sullivan believes it would be unfair to his competitors in West Hartford.
“A great deal of us are hanging by a thread. One bad day here or there could make a difference in whether you make money or you don't,” Sullivan said.
However, not everyone agrees.
“Two in the morning I think in this neighborhood could be a little excessive,” said Tracey Collin, who enjoys walking through residential neighborhoods near West Hartford center, and believes the town should take steps to protect homeowners who live near the nightlife.
“Because there is a downtown mixed with bars and residents and residential is right outside…11 p.m. (or) midnight probably would be late enough for live music,” Collin said.
The proposal would also require bars and restaurants who hold music performances to pay a yearly $500 entertainment fee.
The law would not ban background music.
There will be a public hearing on the topic on Oct. 13.
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