By Hadas Kuznits

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – New state rules that went into effect this week allow bar owners to exend their happy hours (see related article for details). So far, business owners say they like having the option of extending their happy hours, but it’s too early yet to tell how or if they will take advantage of the new law.

Megan Mowry, the general manager of Revolution House, says, “It’s a two-sided coin there, I think it’s gonna bring maybe more people out, but I think that if you extend it too long, people will be drinking too much.”

James Jackson, the GM of Cuba Libre says you don’t have to add the extra hours all lumped together, “You could have it in consecutive hours or you can split it up. I would think the benefit to splitting it up is to get people in your restaurant that maybe wouldn’t be able to come from 5-7 or from 5-9.”

And while some people like the idea of extending after-work happy hour times for people who get out of work late, Tom Stewart, managing partner of Q BBQ and Tequila says by splitting the happy hour and having it twice a day, he could tap into different types of customers.

“Late night you have a younger crowd, earlier in the night you have a business crowd,” Stewart says.

Business owners say they’re still thinking about how to re-configure their bar schedules to incorporate the new rules, get more customers and make more money.

Reported by Hadas Kuznits, KYW Newsradio 1060

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