Extended Bar Hours for Eclipse Weekend

Casper, Wyoming - The Casper City Council has made some big changes to the liquor laws for  next month's Eclipse Fest. Changes that'll allow you to party later than usual. Casper foodies and beer aficionados are in luck come Eclipse Fest, a new city ordinance has passed, that will extend the hours to serve alcohol from 10pm Sunday to 2am Monday during the weekend of the eclipse.

“This decision will have a great impact on restaurants. I know early on, meeting with several of them, there was the concern of 'if I still have people coming in on that big day with all those visitors, I still have an opportunity to make revenue. I still have an opportunity for sales.'  that 10 o'clock time frame, shuts that down,” said Anna Wilcox with the Wyoming Eclipse Festival.

This ordinance places bars like The Office in a good position to prove they can handle the late nights 7 days a week.

The city is looking at changing that anyways and we’re looking forward to that but hopefully we all set great examples during the eclipse and this ordinance is going to be becoming something that is in the norm,” said Jim Kanelos the Owner The Office.

However, Carter Napier, Casper’s City Manager, says that the ordinance may not lead to a permanent change.

I don't know, I haven’t had that conversation with council. I’m not sure how they would feel about that. I don't know if they have given that much thought in the past,” said Napier.

On top of the late serve time over Eclipse Weekend, folks from The Office say that they’ll be open early Monday morning so people can grab some friends, grab some food and enjoy the eclipse.

Carter says, the late nights may not be a large contributor to the short term economic growth, but Willcox says the extended business hours will be seen all around town and those will play some sort of a role in the economic impact.

“I think the extended hours of restaurants and other businesses will be common.  A lot of people will do that in order to just accommodate the number of people who are coming in. Wanting to eat, needing to eat,” said Wilcox. “And of course on the back end that means more money for them, more money for the city, more money being spent in this area.”