Iowa City bars to remain 21-only


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It’s 21.

Iowa City votes are tallied, and the 21 ordinance will stand for bars in Iowa City.

‘No’ claimed roughly 53 percent of the vote — 15,094 — and ‘yes’ had 48 percent, with 13,690 votes.
Local bars are now dealing with reality.

“This means we close,” said Tom Lenoch, manager of Jake’s. “I can tell you that right off the bat. Me and four other bars right behind me.”

Those who were part of the pro-21 ordinance campaign said they are thrilled with the results.

“This has been one of the most gradifying experiences of my life,” said Iowa City Mayor Matt Hayek about his involvement with 21 Makes Sense. “Win, lose, draw we did something for the community.”

Tom Rocklin, University of Iowa vice-president for student sevices and pro-ordinance member, said this is a step in the right direction for the UI and the city as a whole.

Matt Pfaltzgraf of the anti-21-ordinance campaign, Yes for Entertaining Students Safely, said he never thought about losing Tuesday’s vote.

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