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East Austin bar fights to extend city’s sound curfew

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It's been about two months since Cheer up Charlie's had to restrict it's outdoor music hours to comply with a new city ordinance.

The new rules say outdoor music venues that are closer than 600 feet from any home have to stop playing at 8 p.m. during the week and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Owner Tamara Hoover told commissioners Monday the curfew is too strict.

"Fifty percent of our revenue comes from 10 p.m. to midnight, so having that aspect sort of cut out from underneath us has affected the way we operate," said Hoover.

The curfew can be extended by two hours if its supported by the neighborhood. Hoover says she has made the extra effort to gain support from about a dozen nearby residents but not everyone is on board.

David Zapata, head of the Guadalupe Association for an Improved Neighborhood, says he's done with dealing with the loud music coming from the venue.

"We're through with it, like I said we've tried too many times," said Zapata.

Zapata and two others are urging the city to revoke her outdoor music permit altogether.

"We'll be happy if she closed down and left, that would make us happy," said Zapata.

Zapata says the music can be heard all the way to 9th Street. But an even bigger problem he says is when the outdoor music curfew is ignored.

"I think we are doing our best to branch out to reach out and form a friendship with them," said Hoover.

Hoover says she has even offered compromises that includes not to having any shows at all during the week as long as she can have them play until midnight on the weekend.

Zapata says it's not an option.

"I think it's a great venue but the problem is the music," said Zapata.

The Music Commission says they want neighbors and Cheer up Charlie's to come to an agreement. A decision will be made by the city in November.

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