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Music commission grants compromise in Cheer Up Charlie’s dispute

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Some East Austin neighbors are fed up with Cheer Up Charlie's on East Sixth Street.

David Zapata says the bar has repeatedly violated the city's curfew for outdoor live music away from downtown, which is an 8 p.m. cutoff during the week and 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

He says neighbors have spoken to the bar's owners several times, but they have just ignored them.

"We're done with her, we don't trust her anymore. She has lied to us so many times,” Zapata said.

Monday, Cheer Up Charlie’s owner Tamara Hoover told the Austin Music Commission she's trying to build back that trust.

"We actually went around door to door and shook some hands and made some friendships because we felt that was missing in the equation," she said.

Hoover also came up with a compromise -- if the city extends her music curfew to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, she'll promise to not have any outdoor shows during the week.

"We feel it’s reasonable for the city to let us do that, since we are on Sixth Street, a nationally recognized street for entertainment," she said.

However, the rules are different on Sixth Street, as it pertains to east of Interstate-35. After careful review, the music commission decided to support Hoover's proposal.

"If we could just go on the record, noting the compromise that they're making, hopefully that would help them in the discussion," Rich Garza with the Austin Music Commission said.

It's still not enough for Zapata. He said is fed up with Cheer Up Charlie's not playing by the rules when every other bar on the street maintains the neighborhood's peace.

Two formal complaints against Cheer Up Charlie's are on record, seeking to take away their outdoor music permit.

The Austin City Council will review that and the bar's appeal on Nov. 1.

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