Patrons of Cahoots bar on Bardstown Road will have to celebrate the holidays elsewhere.
Louisville Metro Codes & Regulations director Robert Kirchdorfer has taken the recommendation of Alcohol Beverage Control hearing officer Pete Karem and suspended the Highlands bar’s liquor license for 36 days.
The suspension will run from Nov. 27, or rather Black Friday, to Jan. 1, 2016. That means the Cahoots will miss out on any holiday celebrations, including the popular drinking holiday New Year’s Eve.
Cahoots had been at the center of recent controversy, prompting the Original Highlands Neighborhood Association to ask the ABC board to revoke Cahoots’ license completely.
“With violence occurring in or near its premises on a regular basis, overcapacity crowds, and evidence of drug use and/or traffic inside the establishment, its continued operation creates an ongoing hazard to the physical safety of our residents, their families, and their homes,” the letter signed by the association’s board reads.
However, others rallied for Cahoots, saying claims that the bar is bringing down the Highlands neighborhood were unfounded and that Cahoots was being targeted by police.
In the end, the case came down to the fact that owner Marcia Cain admitted to not having off-duty police officers stationed outside her business as required by a previous agreement between Cahoots and the local ABC board.