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City to Ask Revoking Backyard Grill’s Liquor License

At next Tuesday’s council meeting, the City Council will ask the County’s liquor licensing commission to revoke the liquor license of College Park Backyard Grill.

The letter requests that, based on the severity of the case, and the fact that this is the second incident involving a serious violation of the law, the liquor license for this premises be revoked, and that the BOLC take any other action necessary to prevent further threats to the public health and safety.

The letter will be sent with the City’s position with respect to the Show Cause Hearing to be held by the BOLC concerning an incident which occurred on September 26, 2015 at DKL Investments, Inc., t/a Backyard Sports Grill, located at 7313 A and B Baltimore Avenue.

City staff will be authorized to appear at the show cause hearing to present the City’s position.

On September 26, 2015, an incident occurred inside the Backyard Sports Grill that involved a large fight during early morning hours. Security personnel were unable to break up the fight, which then spilled into the street. During the altercation, an off-duty Prince George’s County police officer who was working secondary employment at the premises was assaulted.

It has also been determined that a promoter was involved in the entertainment, which is a violation of BOLC rules.

This occurred in spite of the fact that the owners had assured the Mayor and Council during a work session on September 15, 2015 that they would cease using promoters. This is the second incident that has occurred at the premises in the recent past involving a violent incident and use of promoters.

The Council thinks that revocation of the license is necessary to prevent any further threats to public health and safety.

[Source: Staff report]
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