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Senate OKs 23 hours of alcohol sales at 2 Nashville bars

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Two Nashville bars could serve alcohol for 23 hours a day in a bill passed by the Tennessee Senate. Senators voted 21-5 vote Thursday to let The Diner in Nashville's Broadway entertainment district and the Scoreboard Bar & Grill in the Opryland area pour drinks almost all day. The bill would require liquor service at the establishments to cease only between the hours of 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. Under current law, liquor-by-the-drink service must be halted between 3 a.m. and 8 a.m. The Diner's owners say they want to cater to service industry workers who finish work late and to serve as an overnight room-service option for hotels. The bill heads back to the House because senators amended it to also let distilleries open and own liquor-by-the-drink restaurants onsite. (Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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