Last Call for Wynwood

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If you’ve gone out to GrampsElectric PickleBardot, or any other bars in Wynwood lately, you may have noticed your night ending earlier than usual.

Well, if so, you’ve got Section 4-3 of the City of Miami’s Code of Ordinances to thank.

The ordinance states that “no vendor of alcoholic beverages on the licensed premises shall serve, offer to sell, or allow to be consumed or deliver any alcoholic beverages to any person except during weekdays, including Saturday from 7 a.m.-3 a.m. on the following day, and Sunday from noon-3 a.m. on the following day.”

Businesses that fall under the ordinance include bars in Wynwood.

So basically, if you order gin and juice at 2:45 a.m., you have only 15 minutes to drink up or toss it, whereas before the ordinance was enforced, you could stay at the bar till the wee hours, finishing every last drop of your drink.

According to bar owners in the area, the ordinance is suddenly being strictly enforced, many times without notice.

“We’ve been in business for four years, and [the police] have been totally aware that we’ve been open until 5 a.m.,” Tomas Hussain Ceddia, owner of the Electric Pickle, tells Crossfade.

“The police came in the middle of a busy night and closed us down and told us that we needed to stop serving [alcohol] at 3 a.m…. with no notice ahead of time.

“They said they were going to start enforcing [the ordinance],” Ceddia says. “I’ve been in Miami for 15 years and never heard of this law. When we opened our business, we were open until 5 a.m.”

Gramps, which opened its doors this past December, was also affected by the ordinance enforcement.

Adam Gersten owns the bar, located on NW 24th Street between North Miami Avenue and NW Second Avenue.

“The city suddenly started enforcing it within the last couple of weeks,” he tells us. “The idea that we have to take away people’s drinks at 2:50 a.m. sucks.”

Also a lawyer, Gersten says what has everyone confused is the section of the ordinance that states “allowed to be consumed.”

The bar owner believes the ordinance was written with good intentions, but he insists that it creates more dangerous circumstances.

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