OLCC: Outdoor bar patios to retain hours

Kevin Putnam, right, and a woman who would only identify herself as Kathryn, enjoy a drink at Maui's outdoor patio area next to apartments in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, April 23, 2013. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is scheduled to vote Thursday on new time restrictions for bars with outdoor seating next to residential property. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
Kevin Putnam, right, and a woman who would only identify herself as Kathryn, enjoy a drink at Maui's outdoor patio area next to apartments in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, April 23, 2013. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is scheduled to vote Thursday on new time restrictions for bars with outdoor seating next to residential property. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Outdoor patios at bars in Portland will retain their current hours after the Oregon Liquor Control Commission denied a request to close them earlier in the evenings.

A sign at Maui's bar asks patrons using the outdoor patio to be considerate of people in next door apartments in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, April 23, 2013. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is scheduled to vote Thursday on new time restrictions for bars with outdoor seating next to residential property. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
A sign at Maui’s bar asks patrons using the outdoor patio to be considerate of people in next door apartments in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, April 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

The city of Portland will work with the OLCC on outdoor bar patios separately instead of having a statewide ban.

Mayor Charlie Hales appeared before the board to testify in favor of limiting the hours, then urged them not to vote until more discussion could take place.

Currently, sales and service can continue until last call at 2:30 a.m., according to The Associated Press. The proposal called for it to stop at 1 a.m. on weekends and 11 p.m. on weekdays. The city of Portland wanted them to close at 10 p.m.

However, the OLCC voted the request down, and the outdoor patios will continue to operate as they have been. The hours will remain as is unless another outside party wants to bring up the issue next year.

— Brent Weisberg contributed to this report.

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