Charleston, South Carolina's Mayor Joe Riley and Poliece Chief Greg Mullen are making it their mission to CLOSE ALL Restaurants, Bars, Grocery Stores, Fast Food and Gas Stations in Downtown Charleston's King Street, Market Area and East Bay St. at 12am and remain closed until 6am. Exceptions to this rule are to allow hotel bars and restaurants to remain open after 12am. This new joke of a proposal comes via the Late Night Zoning Overlay (click here to view).
It is critical for the future well being of Charleston's thriving food & beverage scene that this Late Night Zoning Overlay does not pass for the following reasons:
1. Loss of jobs and profit for hard working Charlestonians on the Peninsula
2. Loss of Charleston as a premier food & entertainment destination in the world that we have worked so hard to build
3. Killing all entertainment on the Peninsula and unfairly forcing residents to drive away from otherwise walkable areas to find food, drinks, groceries, gas and entertainment at night - likely leading to a rise in motor accidents.
4. Loss of revenue for Charleston's highly populated downtown districts
The Charleston City Paper feels that this is likely to pass and it is our job to make sure that the leaders of Charleston hear our voice!
Locals and Tourists alike will not benefit from this law passing... let's make sure we do not fall vitcim to the political motivations of Mayor Riley and Chief Mullen!
**Note that while it has been repeatedly stated by the Mayor and other Councilmen that this will only affect NEW businesses, please keep in mind that will likely lead to the eventual closing of other establishments that have already been in business, sold their business...etc. This will lead to less quality restaurants investing in the Downtown Charleston area and will essentially bind business owners to their existing locations because they will not have a fair opportunity to compete in a new location. We need to embrace the growing food culture that has helped to bring Charleston to the #1 seat on the worldwide stage!