“There was a pretty good mix of local residents and the game-goers out,” Minneapolis police Lt. Ray Witzman told the Star Tribune. “But the night was pretty uneventful for us — not a lot of calls. We had maybe two arrests. That was nothing.”
Bar owners called the late bar close a success – and based on Twitter, business was good at some of the local establishments.
A few bar managers told the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal most of their customers during All-Star week were out-of-towners – and some establishments saw larger late-night crowds than others.
"We were expecting a bigger crowd, but we might have over-prepared for it too," Seven Steakhouse Sushi Ultralounge Skybar Manager Alex Luebdert told the Business Journal. "Business was better than usual, but our expectations were very, very high."
Luebdert said they overstaffed for the night and OK'd a lot of overtime hours. People started clearing out just after 3 a.m., the Business Journal reports.
The Minnesota Legislature gave Minneapolis bars a special dispensation for game day; the last time the bars got special permission to stay open until 4 a.m. was during the Republican National Convention in 2008.
Because all went well Wednesday morning, it could be good news for bars when it comes to future events – like when Minneapolis hosts the Super Bowl in 2018.
“It’s an experiment for the city as well. I mean, if this happens, about the Super Bowls, the Final Fours and stuff, if this 4 a.m. license thing works, and everyone behaves themselves and it goes over well, then we can probably continue to do it,” Tim Mahoney, owner of The Loon Cafe in Minneapolis, told KSTP before the All-Star Game.
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