EDITORIAL: Labels not worth all this time


Dagsboro Town Council is currently researching exactly what qualifies establishments as a sports bar. The question appears to focus around televisions and the sports events being aired on said televisions at the Whistle Stop downtown.

Our question: if an establishment has a television in it, does that make it a sports bar?

Of course, the follow-up question could be, if a television airing sporting events makes the building surrounding it a sports bar, does it really matter?

The Whistle Stop is first and foremost a restaurant and deli. Airing sporting events and having specials during that time is to draw people into the restaurant. It is not filled with pool tables and dart boards, there is no giant boxing ring in the middle of the dining area and there are no waitresses in referee shirts bringing around shot glasses to the tables.

It is what it is. Why worry about classifying it as something else?

We understand people hoping the downtown restaurant does not attract the “wrong” people or having late-night noise change the flavor of the somewhat sleepy downtown area, but let’s look at this realistically — the Whistle Stop closes at 10:30 p.m. and is not attempting to become a night club.

The restaurant went through the legal procedures and got an alcohol license. The place has not been holding Jell-O wrestling matches or raucous dance nights. It has been serving food, cocktails and providing television viewing to customers.

Maybe it’s time the town leaves them alone as long as they conform to laws.

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