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Brew Pub given green light for 2 a.m.

The Brew Pub and Wine Bar now has the option to keep its doors open until 2 a.m.

The Perham City Council on Monday gave the new business the green light for extended hours, though not without discussion on the possible ramifications of the action.

Police Chief Jason Hoaby said he hasn't noticed any complaints stemming from the new establishment, which didn't give him good reason to voice concern over the council's action. He did say, however, that alcohol consumption does cause quite a bit of trouble for his force.

Sud's Bar in Perham is the only local establishment to keep its doors open until 2 a.m. Hoaby admitted there have been calls to that location, but wasn't willing to say it was only because of the extended hours.

"If they're not at the bar, they could go somewhere else," he said.

Councilmember James Johnson voiced opposition to the 2 a.m. bar closing time, but said it wouldn't be fair to shoot down The Brew without looking at the other establishment in town, too.

Sud's Bar's permit times are up for evaluation again in August. Because evaluation times differ depending on start dates, one establishment would have to be shot down before another.

"I don't think we can deny it," Councilmember Harriet Matfield said in reference to The Brew's request.

Johnson agreed to vote in favor of the permit, largely due to the fairness factor.

The council voted unanimously to approve the 2 a.m. permit request.