ABC FAILED TO SHUT DOWN PROBLEMATIC BAR AFTER REPEATED VIOLATIONS - 28 INJURED IN MELEE THAT ERUPTED IN GUNFIRE
The Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control failed Little Rock and Arkansas by failing to be a "Good Neighbor" and shut down a sketchy establishment in downtown Little Rock.
According to information tainted ABC Enforcement Director Boyce Hamlet provided to new media, Lulav Power Bar & Lounge, operating as Power Restaurant & Ultralounge, at 220 A West 6th Street license has been suspended 11 times for failing to pay taxes, and it has been cited seven times for 14 various violations including unknowingly furnishing alcohol to minors and allowing alcohol to leave the premises since 2012.
|TAINTED ABC ENFORCEMENT DIRECT BOYCE HAMLET GIVES A NON-VERBAL RESPONSE TO OUR QUESTIONS|
|THE CLUB IS NEAR ST. ANDREW'S CATHEDRAL AND FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH|
|THE CLUB IS NEAR POPULAR EATERY EJ'S|
The club is owned and operated by Herman Lewis.
|HERMAN LEWIS - OWNER OF LULAV POWER BAR & LOUNGE,D.B.A. POWER RESTAURANT & ULTRALOUNGE|
According to news reports, several underage individuals were in the club at the time of the shooting which happened at 2:30 a.m., thirty minutes after the club was required to close. Even with two off-duty LRPD officers working security at the establishment, who reportedly left at 2:00 a.m.
Photos on the Power Restaurant & Ultralounge website show what appear to be underage individuals inside the establishment.
The ABC has taken drastic action against permit holders in other areas of the state when underage individuals have been served, namely against The Draft in Conway and the Springdale Civic Center.
But shady establishments in Little Rock like the Power Lounge and Ernie Biggs have received less severe punishment for their violations.
Ernie Biggs has had several incidents were violent acts have occurred, even the shooting death of an armed inebriated patron buy LRPD bike officers, but is still operating.
Apparently gunfire is something the ABC cannot ignore, even though they were silent when the legislature changed conceal carry laws permitting handguns in bars.
As a result of the violence at the club the ABC has suspended Lewis' permit and has set a hearing for for July 10 on three potential charges: disorderly conduct, allowing possession of weapons on the premises and "failure to be a good neighbor."
Mary Robin Casteel, director of ABC issued this statement: “We feel the events which are alleged to have occurred warrant our decision to suspend liquor sales at this location pending further action by the board.”
|MARY ROBIN CASTEEL - ABC ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR|
Check out our Bad City of Little Rock blog for additional information and videos recorded at the club during the shooting.