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Bill Would Extend Happy Hour In Pennsylvania

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A new bill would make Happy Hour even happier in Pennsylvania.

Instead of just two hours, restaurants and bars could have 4-hour Happy Hours.

The extension is part of a bill in the state legislature designed to address the state’s antiquated liquor code.

The bill would give bars and restaurants more flexibility to schedule Happy Hour times.

Dave Pack, with North Park Lounge, says it’s about time bar owners got a break.

“This is the first pro-bar owner law in a long time,” he said.

The bill would still restrict bar owners to 14 hours of Happy Hour a week, but it will allow them to use up to four of those hours in a single day.

“You could break it up for when you have football games, different specials when you have a certain crowd coming in,” Jim Mitchell, owner of Mitchell’s Tavern, said.

Patrons seem to like the idea.

“I think it’s a good thing, but overall I think it’s silly that they regulate it in the first place,” Misty Leininger, of McCandless, said.

Governor Tom Corbett still needs to sign the bill. He’s expected to do so next week.

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