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

This could spell the end for Cahoots once and for all.

The Louisville Metro Department of Codes and Regulations has denied the Highlands bar’s request to renew its liquor license. The annual process is a run-of-the-mill requirement for any establishment that sells alcohol, and most licenses are renewed no problem.

However, after several missteps in the eyes of the the Alcohol Beverage Control Board, the city on Oct. 29 informed Cahoots it would not have its liquor license renewed.

The bar’s license expires Saturday, meaning this could be its last day in business. Cahoots has 30 days to appeal the denial to Frankfort.

Bar owner Marica Cain declined to comment.

Those who’ve followed this story know that Cahoots’ license was suspended for 36 days following an ABC hearing on recent mishaps. That suspension was supposed to start on Nov. 27 and end Jan. 1, 2016.

It seems odd that the city would hand down the suspension only two days before refusing to renew its license.

A letter signed by Department of Codes & Regulations director Robert Kirchdorfer cited Cahoots’ admitted violation of an ABC order and multiple instances when a minor was served alcohol, smoking was permitted inside Cahoots and drugs were found on the premises.

The Original Highlands Neighborhood Association earlier this year asked the ABC board to revoke Cahoots’ liquor license, pointing to it as a cause of troubles in the neighborhood.

“We are pleased with the decision. I heard nothing but good things about the decision. I think it is a positive step in the right direction,” Jim Schorch, vice president of the association, told Insider Louisville this afternoon.

Schorch said the association is hopeful that neighborhood will improve without Cahoots present.

“We have good relationships with some of the other bars,” he said, noting that other bars have heightened security and are policing themselves to prevent any crime.

“We have noticed progress.”

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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]