Cripple Creek gives OK for casinos to serve alcohol around the clock

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CRIPPLE CREEK, Colo. — The Cripple Creek City Council approved a proposal to allow seven of the town’s nine casinos to serve alcohol around the clock.

“Anything we can do for our community and our economy, we got to try it,” Mayor Bruce Brown told The Gazette.

Two others have to wait until paperwork is cleared through Colorado Division of Revenue before getting approval.

In 2011, a law allowed cities and towns to create entertainment districts that can include “common consumption areas” where some state liquor laws could be altered. State law says alcohol sales must end by 2 a.m.

The strip club Shotgun Willie’s in Glendale started the process and serves alcohol until 4 a.m.

Earlier this year, Black Hawk gave the OK for two casinos –the Canyon and the Gilpin casinos — the go-ahead to serve alcohol 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays. They can serve until 4 a.m. on Thursdays and Sundays.

The other gambling town in Colorado, Central City, does not allow alcohol sales past 2 a.m.


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