A resolution that would allow brewpubs in downtown Annapolis to seek an exemption to stay open until 2 a.m. was introduced at last night's city council meeting.
Since 1994, all new bars in downtown have been required to close at midnight.
But Alderman Michael W. Fox - sponsor of the legislation to amend the Ward 1 sector study - said he would put off introducing an accompanying ordinance to establish citywide zoning for brewpubs until after the Ward 1 issue is decided.
The legislation is expected to reignite a long-running dispute over bar closing times downtown. At last night's meeting, three Ward 1 residents asked the council to leave the midnight closing rule in effect.