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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Homeowners want to crack down on noise in Dallas’s popular Uptown neighborhood, but some business owners say a plan to close bars and restaurants at midnight goes too far.
“Bottom line is we don’t like it. We wouldn’t like it,” Jonathan Calabrese said.
Calabrese is a co-owner of The Nodding Donkey. He and business partner Tony Winkler say noise problems are limited to a few businesses, so the focus should be on them not everyone.
“There’s some bar owners that don’t follow rules, and there’s some bar owners that don’t care about the neighborhood, and I think it’s rude to do a broad brush statement to go against all bar owners,” Winkler said.
“I think people are very accepting of a reasonable level of noise. That’s why they want to be in… are agreeing to be in Uptown. It’s really the degree of noise,” Tony Page said.
Page’s group, The Uptown Neighborhood Association is spearheading a plan that would create a district within Uptown.
“Each business within there that wants to stay open past midnight would apply for an SUP, which stands for special use permit,” Page said.
The idea is to continue to allow some bars and restaurants to stay open late, but close the ones violating noise rules. Winkler worries that could lead to a slippery slope.
“Also we give them that authority, they’re not going to stop,” Winkler said.
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