Restaurants Fight for the Right to Happy Hour and SCOTUS Term Limits Have Problems
Restaurants fight for the right to happy hour. On the R Street Institute’s new The Right to Drink podcast, “booze expert and host Jarrett Dieterle explains why some states allow happy hour and others don’t—and the fight to change that.” Dieterle talks to business owners in three different states who have run up against these regulations.
Our trip starts in Northern Virginia in 2009, when a man named Geoff Tracy decided to open a restaurant in an area called Tyson’s Corner. Chef Geoff, as he’s known, was already a very successful restauranteur by this point, owning several well-regarded establishments in nearby Washington, D.C. and Maryland. But as experienced as he was, crossing over the border into Virginia for his newest restaurant proved trickier than he’d imagined. That’s because Virginia had something that neither DC nor Maryland had: a government that effectively outlawed happy hour.”
“Although well-intentioned, term limits have a problem,” writes R Street Institute Governance Project fellow Anthony Marcum at USA Today. “Not only are they unconstitutional, but they will have the exact opposite result proponents wish for.”