Renton mayor wants bar's liquor license revoked

Renton mayor wants bar's liquor license revoked

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Renton mayor wants bar's liquor license revoked

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by HEATHER GRAF / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 27 at 7:48 AM

The mayor of Renton wants the liquor license yanked from a bar called Homerun Restaurant and Lounge, after a deadly shooting near the bar last Saturday.  The mayor says it's just the latest in a string of violence connected to the business.

Over the last two year, according to police records, there have been more than two hundred 911 calls regarding fights, noise complaints, shootings, and assaults at the bar off Airport Way.  There have also been eight shootings, three of them in 2014.

"We've got to be aggressive to try to figure out how to resolve this, before we have a resident or police officer or an innocent bystander get killed," said Mayor Denis Law.

Few details are known about the June 21st shooting that took the life of a 27-year-old man.

The owner of Homerun Restaurant and Lounge told KING 5 the shooting did not take place on his property, but in an alley located adjacent to his business.

He also said that he feels the mayor is targeting his business because of his race.  In response to that claim, Mayor Law said he didn't even know the owner of the bar was African American until this week.

"It's ludicrous to think the city is targeting his business over a race issue, when in fact we have people getting killed in his parking lot," said the mayor.  "You know, he's got to start addressing the problem impacting that community and quit pointing fingers at other people."

Neighbors told KING 5 they're often kept up late at night by the noise, including fighting and shouting, coming from the bar.

"It's been quite disturbing," said Anne Healy, who is 76 years old.  "My husband and I are both senior citizens, and it's hard to sleep with this noise going on."

She's called the city to complain on several occasions.

The mayor says he's sent Homerun letters dating back to 2013, asking the bar to work with the city to address concerns over violent acts at or near the bar.  He says he's gotten no positive response from the business owner.

Now, he's asked the liquor control board to act quickly in reviewing the case.  He wants the liquor license revoked as soon as possible.

"My suspicion is that his business plan requires a liquor license, and I don't believe it would be a viable business without it," said the mayor.

The owner of Homerun Restaurant and Lounge did not want to speak to KING 5 on camera, but said he hires security when big crowds are expected and does everything he can to keep the place safe.

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