church street restaurant andbar owners are angry with the Pride Committee over what they consider special treatment of four area establishments during Pride weekend. The Pride Committee applied to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission on behalf of Woody's, Crews and Tango, the Barn/Stables and Wilde Oscar's. They were granted special permits to serve alcohol until 4 am throughout the weekend while the rest of Church shut down at 2 am, as usual.
Several owners met with lawyers Friday, June 29, to discuss possible legal action against the Pride Committee. On the advice of their counsel, those owners declined interviews with NOW Magazine but expressed concern over discrimination causing financial loss.
According to Kyle Knoeck, a member of the Pride board of directors, the permits were granted to those bars that had made a special contribution to Pride. Woody's and the Barn/Stables are both bronze-level Pride sponsors, while Crews and Tango participated in fundraising and Wilde Oscar's helped out with organization. "It was a thank-you to the bars that have supported us over the year,' says Knoeck.