INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Despite large crowds looking for entertainment and an extended curfew, some bars and restaurants in Indianapolis close until midnight.
With the NCAA men’s basketball tournament in town, bars and restaurants try to spin as many tables as possible. Whether there aren’t enough customers to stay open or too many customers are spiraling out of control, it seems like the people in the crowd make bar owners’ decisions about what time to offer service.
While there are still places downtown to grab a nightcap or late dinner, “Obviously, any open time is always good because we get extra hours of revenue and the income is obviously good,” said Steve Kelly, Kilroy’s regional manager Bar and grill in the city center.
Some bars and restaurants have decided not to take advantage of the Marion County’s extended 2am curfew to attract college basketball fans.
“Yes, it surprises me. That’s only a loss of sales if you don’t push for it during that time and maximize your sales, ”said Jeff Huron, general manager of another downtown bar, The District Tap.
World of Beer Bar & Kitchen is one of the many downtown spots that close early. The owner says the later the night gets and the more drinks are consumed, the harder it becomes for crowd to control social distancing and wearing of masks. That’s why the bar decided to close between midnight and 1am for the last couple of weeks.
Kilroy’s Kelly said, “More people who are coming and staying in town and more of a tournament destination and having fun and traveling from out of town and coming into town have seen a huge influx of business.”
Kilroy’s Bar and Grill is a destination for those looking to experience a sports bar. So come to tournament time. Kelly says there are certain types of businesses that can benefit from the extra two hours of bar vibe versus restaurant, which of course helps us a lot. “
The District Tap’s Huron says it stays open until 2 a.m. at least on tournament days and weekend nights. “But it’s a little softer this Sunday through Wednesday. It’s busy during the day, you know; Lunch is good, early dinner, early late dinner. But if you hit around 10 or 11 you will see a pretty sharp drop. “
At a time when these bar owners say they need to be flexible about their schedule, some bars that don’t take advantage of the extended curfew will consider changing their hours if the restrictions are and don’t have to be lifted Police their customers so precisely.