CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Ohio City on 25th and Lorain has become a popular local and tourist attraction. And businesses here are hoping to cash in on the popularity when the RNC comes to town.
They are already approved by the city of Cleveland for extended hours. But once the conventioneers leave town, Sam McNulty wants his bar, the Market Garden Brewery to remain open 24 hours.
"I think it's healthy to have a 24-hour street where there is people around them," McNulty said. "Think about all the 3rd shift workers, odd hours. To me it's unfair to them not to stay open."
If you live in this neighborhood, you might not share McNulty's point of view, like Corey DeBramametta.
"You got those who drink too much it's a problem," DeBramametta said. "Then when the bars are closed, there are those who don't want to go home. If you go 24 hours and they really don't want to go home, that is going to be more of a mess."
Twenty-four-hour service also means the addition of 24-hour cleaning and 24-hour security.
"There's pro and cons," one Lakewood resident said. "If you live in the neighborhood, it would really suck. If you're coming to visit, why not?"
"Give it a shot," another regular visitor said. "What do you have to lose? Go back to normal hours if it doesn't work."
There is no denying the area has grown, and around-the-clock service might finally put Cleveland on the world map as the place to visit, says McNulty.
"The RNC week is going to show staying open until 4 a.m. is a positive thing for Cleveland, and so will staying open 24 hours," McNulty said.
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