UPDATED: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 10:53am
COLLEGE STATION -- The Northgate District in College Station is known for its night-life among university students.
But the city is hoping to change that stereotype by appealing to a a different kind of crowd during the day.
The Northgate District is made up of restaurants, bars and even more bars.
So in a response to requests made by several businesses to serve alcohol outside, city council put it to a vote and passed it unanimously.
"It's going to allow businesses down there, such as the small restaurants, to expand their uses into the public sidewalks so that they can have outdoor seating, which is not something many of the restaurants have," said College Station staff planner, Lauren Hovde.
The city hopes that by passing this ordinance, the Northgate District will see an increase in foot traffic during non-peak hours.
"This was just an opportunity to open it up to a different population like possibly the lunch crowd or happy hour crowd that are looking for fun places to go but they're not interested in the nighttime bustle," said Hovde.
And Barry Ivans, The Corner Bar co-owner, couldn't be more excited about the new change.
"We're looking forward to more pedestrian traffic to walk by our business and being able to sit in front of our business and enjoy a nice afternoon."
Texas A&M student, Joseph Nash agrees, "Especially like on game days I know a lot of people come down here before or after the games so it'll just be like more people can come down here and all fit in so it'll be good for business."
Before a business can serve outside, they have to apply for a permit through the city first.