COCONUT GROVE (CBSMiami) – Late night Coconut Grove carousers will once again have a place to call home.
After nearly four years of closing at 3 a.m., the iconic Mr. Moe’s Restaurant and Bar on Commodore Plaza will return to a 5 a.m. closing time, according to CBS4 News partner The Miami Herald.READ MORE: At least 19 children, 2 adults killed after shooter opens fire at Texas elementary school
Mr. Moe’s owner John El-Masry has been locked in a nasty legal battle with the city since 2008 when the commissioners passed a law stopping alcohol sales after 3 a.m. in the Center Grove. El-Masry retaliated by filing a lawsuit, saying the city should not have revoked his permit.
They agreed. On December 15 commissioners agreed to allow Mr. Moe’s to stay open until 5 a.m. and pay El-Masry $10,000 for his troubles and legal fees. El-Masry says he is out about 100 times that amount in lost business, but he is glad the issue is resolved.READ MORE: Coral Gables resident says city's automatic license plate recognition cameras are a constitutional violation
“I’m very grateful that we settled this thing. I didn’t want it to drag on,” El-Masry said. “This was a nasty, knock-down fight with the city. I don’t want to be the disgruntled business owner anymore. I want to move forward in a positive direction.”
Under the settlement with the city, the bar’s extended hours would be null and void if anyone other than El-Masry owns the establishment. Mr. Moe’s is also the only business in the area allowed to sell alcohol until 5 a.m.MORE NEWS: South Florida Playing Pivotal Role In Transformation Of Psychedelics As Mainstream Medicine
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