Ask Joe: Why won't city let A&W stay open later during Hot August Nights?

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From the Ask Joe file, we are looking into a question about Hot August Nights and one business that has to close its doors earlier than some would like during the event.

Gail Sheridan wrote in to ask why the city of Reno has ordered A&W at Plumb and Kietzke to close at 11 p.m. during Hot August Nights.

Gail says other businesses are allowed to stay open later, so why not A&W?

The folks over at A&W are a little frustrated. They also have a pretty loyal following this time of year.

So why is A&W forced to close at 11? I checked with Lauren Ball at city hall about this.

She says it is a zoning issue. A&W is zoned arterial commercial, which requires businesses to close at 11 p.m. unless they have a special use permit.

Some businesses, like the Peppermill and Atlantis, are allowed to stay open 24 hours. The city says that's because they have a tourist commercial zoning designation. which allows them to operate 24 hours a day without needing a special use permit.

Some of the A&W customers who are upset are planning a little protest tonight at 11 p.m. when the business closes. They'll be gathering there and taking to social media to get the word out about their concerns.

But again, the city says it is simply a matter of zoning that dictates the time and hours the business is allowed to operate.

Lauren Ball at the city says they have told the owners if they want to stay open later they need to apply for a special use permit.

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