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Downtown Bars' License Fight Goes to High Court

on March 04, 2009 9:05 AM
According to the Daily Collegian, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) and three local bars will now take their fight over a suspended liquor license to Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court.  The bars, Lulu's Nightspot, Tony's Big Easy, and Candy Bar & Lounge, will remain open and will continue to serve alcohol until the higher court's decision.

The PLCB revoked Sammark Inc.'s liquor license in July due to a long history of liquor violations and violence at the company's three bars.  Owner Anthony Sapia appealed the first revocation in December and lost and has since appealed to higher courts.

If the bars were granted an appeal, the establishments would be required to use identification card-scanning devices when serving customers and patrons of Lulu's would have to exit onto Pugh Street while the other bars' customers would have to leave through the alley between Pugh Street and McAllister Street.

PLCB attorney Michael J. Plank cited management problems at the bars, referring to two incidents of violence at the bars in February involving a bouncer.

The next hearing will be held in Harrisburg.  A date has not yet been set.  (Read More)
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