As Cleveland area "foodies" head out to enjoy Restaurant Week, the talk at the dinner table is about how Ohio could adopt an open-container law in certain areas. Some people are toasting to the idea. Others are concerned.
Right now there's a bi-partisan bill on the table in Ohio, giving cities the option to designate open-container areas. More than a dozen cities in the state would be able to open up three districts each, depending on their population.
East Fourth Street would most likely be a candidate.
"I think it would be great. I think it would be good for business with that flow. Because people are walking up and down the street anyways, and it's closed off to cars, why wouldn't you be able to walk around with a drink," says Chinato bartender, John Kassimatis.
So far, lawmakers are finding a lot of support among bar owners.
But the move has its critics too.
"Open container would be an open set of new rules," says Pickwick & Frolic chef Ken Sherepita.
Restaurants would have to figure out how to manage the crowds and how to make sure patrons aren't bringing in drinks from other establishments.
If the open container law is passed, it most likely won't take effect until late 2014 or 2015.