Bartenders found themselves on the front lines this weekend as happy hour was cut from two hours to one hour at Spanish Springs Town Square.
The elimination of the two-hour happy hour began Saturday, which was June 1. Those enjoying the music of Blue Stone Circle on Saturday were also the first to witness the end of the two-hour happy hour and the breaking of a promise made long ago by Villages founder Harold Schwartz.
Spanish Springs Town Square had enjoyed the special status of a happy hour that lasted nightly from 5 to 7 p.m. Lake Sumter Landing Market Square and Brownwood Paddock Square have always had a happy hour that lasts from 5 to 6 p.m.
Those visiting the bar kiosks from 6 to 7 p.m. at Spanish Springs Town Square, who evidently had not heard that the two-hour happy hour was being cut in half, learned the news from bartenders. The bartenders were visibly wincing when they were questioned by Villagers astonished by the news.
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