Cahoots is one of many bars that line Bardstown Road, but it has garnered a reputation for being at the center of fights and crime. | By Caitlin Bowling
Cahoots is one of many bars that line Bardstown Road, but it has garnered a reputation for being at the center of fights and crime. | By Caitlin Bowling

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.

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Caitlin Bowling
Louisville native Caitlin Bowling has covered the local restaurant and retail scene since 2014. After graduating from the Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Caitlin got her start at a newspaper in the mountains of North Carolina where she won multiple state awards for her reporting. Since returning to Louisville, she’s written for Business First and Insider Louisville, winning awards for health and business reporting and becoming a go-to source for business news. In addition to restaurants and retail business, Caitlin covers real estate, economic development and tourism. Email Caitlin at [email protected]e.com.