Officials launch restaurant initiative to promote nightlife safety

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In an effort to maintain a safe nightlife and entertainment destination in Arlington County, officials have launched a new program improving alcohol law enforcement at local restaurants, all while boosting business. 

Following a pilot program that began earlier this year, officials launched the Arlington restaurant initiative. The program is  modeled after the best bar none program in the u-k aimed to increase nightlife safety while boosting local business.  So far, eight restaurants have successfully competed the a-r-i accreditation process. 

“The G.O.A.T in Clarendon decided to become accredited with the ARI really to take the proper steps to make sure we’re serving the people of Arlington and creating a safe spot for them to come out to. We want to make sure we provide them with a piece of mind,” said Joe McDevitt, General Manager at The G.O.A.T in Clarendon.   

In order to become accredited, restaurants must have policies that include preventing underage drinking and criteria for when the police are called. Any restaurant interested in participating should contact the Arlington County Police Department’s Restaurant Liaison Unit. 

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