TAKOMA, Washington (AP) – The Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board suspended the license for a bar in Tacoma for 180 days after months of complaints and quotes.
The board said this week that it issued an immediate emergency suspension of the An American Tavern license due to repeated, willful non-compliance and disregard for public health and safety, The News Tribune reported…
The board also said it will seek to revoke the license permanently during this time.
In total, the board received 60 complaints about the bar, issued verbal and written warnings, four administrative offenses and a $ 800 fine.
The board said the use of an emergency suspension is rare, “reserved only in cases where public health, safety or well-being is at stake.” Four other businesses received such bans last year.
Attempts to contact owner Kyle Bidwell for comment were unsuccessful.
Neighbors reported ongoing violations of camouflage, social distancing and general COVID-19 rules for bars and restaurants, as well as nighttime parking noise and violence. Neighbors also reported seeing severely intoxicated visitors.
The Tacoma Police Department received dozens of calls to a bar located on the first floor of an apartment building.
Bidwell opened the bar in 2018 with Matthew Vierela. He told the newspaper that Vierela was no longer associated with the bar.
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