SPOKANE, Wash.—Spokane police officers report an uptick in calls to the Garland District in recent months.
Most recently, officers responded to assaults on busy Saturday nights which they attribute in part to the popularity of bars. In one, more than ten people were involved in a fight. However, employees at newer bars said while business is growing, they haven’t noticed a problem with patrons.
Some bar-goers said cheap drinks bring more people out and about and some of them are getting too rowdy. They said often with good deals, come people who can’t handle their alcohol.
Some bar owners said kicking people out of an establishment is inevitable when booze is involved. However, several owners are working together to promote the best aspects of the area.