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Arts & Entertainment District opens Thursday in Decatur

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DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

Decatur's new Arts and Entertainment District is ahead of schedule. City leaders had set next week as the start date, but they are ready to open it for the first time Thursday.

The Arts and Entertainment District will span from Gordon Drive to Fourth Avenue. There will be relaxed rules concerning open containers. Within the district, people can take drinks in plastic cups from a bar or restaurant and carry them outside.

City officials hope the district will help businesses that don't serve alcohol. With more people drawn to downtown, there is anticipation that businesses will see some spillover customers.

Ronnie Moore opened the Back Alley Bistro this week. The restaurant owner said he and his staff expect business to pick up.

"I think it's really great for Decatur because it's going to allow a lot more young people to feel that they're welcome. Just to be able to walk from one place to another and not feel that you're going to get in trouble for just having a good time. That really changes the entire environment," Moore said. "I really like the attitude they've had in putting it as arts and entertainment. So, it's not just an alcohol district. It's actually about people having a good time and being able to enjoy the downtown district."

The Arts and Entertainment District will be open from 4 p.m. through 1 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays. It will close a the same time on Fridays and Saturdays, but will open earlier at noon.

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