Quebec liquor board to rule on later last call Wednesday

Montreal bar owners should know Wednesday if they'll be able to stay open until 6 a.m. and serve alcohol until 5:30 a.m. as part of a pilot project this summer.

Quebec's liquor board told CJAD 800 News it should hand down its decision this Wednesday, one day before the pilot project is expected to begin.

The board held two days of hearings last week after a few parties expressed opposition and concerns about the pilot project.

If approved, the new hours would be in effect over four weekends at about 20 bars on Crescent Street downtown and St. Denis Street in the Quartier Latin.

Critics had said they didn't think a few weekends would be enough to gauge the impact of such a measure. They also said they were worried about increased noise, loitering and public security issues. At least one bar owner said he wasn't convinced the measure would be profitable or manageable.

The board itself had expressed concerns that the city didn't consult the public enough.

The city said the measure would help promote tourism.

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