Santa Barbara City Council Votes to Extend Business Hours
By edhat staff
The Santa Barbara City Council voted unanimously to extend operating hours from some restaurants until 12:30 a.m.
The Tuesday evening decision now allows bar/restaurants in the Funk Zone, Central Business District, and Coast Village Road to extend their closing time and alcohol sales from 10:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Local business owners overwhelmingly supported this measure during the city council meeting and stated it offers patrons more dining options later into the evening.
The council agreed on these zoned areas that contain the majority of bars and restaurants instead of a city-wide order as some businesses are too close to residential homes. Restaurants outside of these areas must stop selling alcohol at 10:00 p.m.
All businesses are still expected to follow the Public Health Department's strict COVID-19 guidance and regulations.
The council also voted to extend the State Street Pedestrian Promenade through December 8 and close beaches for the upcoming Labor Day weekend.