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TOLEDO, Ohio (13abc Action News) – Toledo council members are likely to vote to change the hours of operation in the new entertainment district coming in June around Fifth-Third Field.

Restaurants and bars could sell alcohol and patrons could walk outside with those drinks during specified hours.

Bill Klien, general manager at The Blarney says, “Where it’s busy inside the bar, they’ll be able to take something outside and hang out a little bit, enjoy, you know, the atmosphere.”

And with about two-dozen bars and restaurants in this Hensville area, there is a lot of atmosphere.

Bar owners like the new outdoor entertainment district but they want to change the hours to noon to midnight, seven days a week instead of 5pm to 1am Monday through Friday and Noon to 1am on the weekends.

These districts help with tourism. Toledo hosts a lot of conventions each year. With adjusted hours, the feeling is tourists will spend more time outdoors and spend more money.

Rich Nachazel with the tourism group, Destination Toledo, says, “They hang out, they stick around, they visit more than a couple places.”

Resident Matt Mackowiak likes the entertainment district idea, saying, “I think if can attract people downtown and bring some business, it’d be good.”

Toledo opened its first outdoor entertainment district along Adams Street last year.

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