Davis extends ban on new bars, restaurants

The Davis City Council has extended a ban on new restaurants and nightspots for another 10 months in response to concerns about downtown crime.

The City Council voted 5-0 Tuesday night to extend the ban until Sept. 26, 2016. City officials plan to develop a longer-term ordinance proposal to regulate nightclubs.

The ban applies to restaurants and other nightspots serving alcohol and prohibits new construction or expansion of businesses larger than 2,500 square feet.

The City Council initially approved a 45-day moratorium in September following the death of Peter Alexander Gonzales, a 23-year-old Los Angeles-area college student, at KetMoRee, a Thai restaurant on G Street that becomes a dance club at night. Five people have been charged in Yolo Superior Court in Gonzales’ death.

The moratorium was scheduled to expire Nov. 13 until the council extended it Tuesday night.

City officials say they are concerned about downtown restaurants that similarly turn into nightclubs after dinner. They say no current proposed construction will be stopped by the ban.