The Looney's Pub in Fulton has a hearing in March before the liquor board, and I'm hoping that no one over-reacts.
Looney's appears to be an enormous success, filling the Maple Lawn lots most nights and bringing foot traffic to a development that is still in progress. Apparently, Looney's has also served liquor to an underage police cadet and let people drink outside. The Sun wrote a story in December about a two-day alcohol suspension, and there is another hearing scheduled for March 4, 2010.
I'm very glad that I spent my 20s in cities where I could walk home from the bars. I drank like the crowds at Looney's, and, in my current, drier days, I wonder how those crowds get home. Looney's actually impresses me by having a van that will shuttle home drunk patients (and amused us to no end on the night we followed the van to one of my neighbors' homes).
The March hearing says it is to "fine, suspend, or revoke" Looney's liquor license. [See update below] I don't know what Looney's has done, but I hope underage drinking isn't enough to shut a business down. It's illegal. But I'd rather have 18-years-olds drink in public, and I'm still touchy about the three years when I was eligible for the draft but couldn't sit at a bar. Personally, I drank less when I paid for pints instead of the grain alcohol that we cherished when we were underage. (My college housemates eventually matured into five classy people. When we couldn't legally drink, we once threw a party with a trash can of punch made of grain and Ecto-Plasmic Hi-C. That was a scene way worse than anything Looney's could ever imagine.)
[Update: Bill Larney, the owner of Looney's, writes a comment below that the hearing is an appeal of that two-day suspension. The Sun's article did describe a suspension planned for January, and that seems to be what Looney's has appealed. Larney also says that the "drinking outside" was a smoker holding a beer. So no revocation or any of the over-reaction that I was wondering about. Larney talks about new management and about the free shuttle that they have to get customers home.]
Thanks to HowICook for the links.