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East Lansing Looks To Review Liquor License

The city of East Lansing is shaking things up to figure out which businesses can serve alcohol and when.

"One of the things we want to get after is how are those current venues impacting our community and what are they doing in terms of having maybe a detrimental impact on recruiting higher quality restaurants," said Director Planning & Development Tim Dempsey.

They plan to do that through a six month review of restaurants in the city and requiring new businesses who want a liquor license to close up shop by midnight instead of 2am.

"As we have had a number of recent applicants approve, there has been more discussion about how many venues can we support, what's the right number," Dempsey said.

And the right type of business.

"East Lansing is a college town and that's what's great about East Lansing, we also want a downtown where there can be different types of dining options,

if it's fine dining, specialty dining, where someone may want to have dinner and a glass of wine," said East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas.

East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas says with attractions like Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, it's time for a change.

"We just want to make sure going forward that when we use liquor licenses there adding diversity of dining options and not sort of repeating what we have already," Lahanas said.

For now, businesses that are open till 2 am will not be forced to change hours.

"It gives us time to look at what is working, what can work better with recruiting those businesses."

All in an effort to bring a new light to downtown.

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