10/30/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Wrigley Bar Owners Agree To Seventh Inning Cutoff


The alcohol sales ban will only last for one hour and will be lifted if the game goes into extra innings, the Sun-Times reports.

[Lakeview Ald. Tom] Tunney said the unprecedented ban on liquor sales would start "at the end of the 7th inning and last for approximately one hour. It's a defined period of time. If it goes into extra innings, they will be allowed to serve."
"If there are extra innings, nobody knows how long a licensee can manage their operation with a prohibition. That's why more of a defined period was agreed to as a compromise," Tunney said.

Tunney noted that the Daley administration initially wanted the 7th inning cut-off to apply to all play-off games, not just potential title clinchers. They also wanted to implement it without notice when the Cubs clinched the Central Division championship.


A group of Wrigleyville bar owners agreed to the city's plan to suspend alcohol sales after the seventh innning of some Cubs playoff games, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Billy Lawless, owner of the Irish Oak, 3511 N. Clark St., emerged from the meeting with city officials and said of the pact: "I'm not happy with it."

"We are well capable of handling our own business," he said. "You say it's voluntarily, but, c'mon, it's a directive from the city."

It was not immediately clear if the deal reached with some Wrigleyville bar owners would be agreed to by their counterparts near U.S. Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox.

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