Cape Coral bar under review for restoring extended hours

Reporter: Morgan Rynor
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A popular bar in Lee County is under review in hopes of having its extended hours restored. The bars extended operation were originally revoked by police last year after a frequent fights culminated into a street brawl.

On Tuesday at 4:30 p.m., a Cape Coral City Council special meeting will decide whether Dixie Roadhouse on SE 47th Terrace should have its late hours restored.

In December 2018, 40 people poured out of the bar before breaking into fist fights. The bar also did nothing to stop biker gangs from entering its establishment, Cape Coral Police Chief David Newlan said. After the fight broke out at the end of this past year, CCPD revoked the bar’s extended hours.

Back in April 2018, Dixie Roadhouse was one of three bars granted privileges of extended hours on weekends.

WINK News contacted Dixie Roadhouse for comment, and owners or representatives have not responded.

Last April, Lynn Pipenger, Dixie Roadhouse owner, told WINK News the extended hours would change south Cape Coral for the better because there would be more business.

“I think it kind of marks a little bit of a shift that we’re going to see in South Cape,” said Pipenger in April. “Number of people coming over the bridge, number of people paying a toll, number of people going to the gas station.”

Unfortunately, the Newlan said the bar attracted the wrong crowds of people.

The fight that took place in front of the bar in December required 13 officers to subjugate the chaos, compromising the safety of other parts of Cape Coral.

Trust WINK News to update you after the special meeting Tuesday. 

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