Hofbrauhaus liquor license targeted by KY Alcohol Control Board

NEWPORT, KY (FOX19) - A ruling by the Kentucky Alcoholic Beverage Control Board says the Hofbrauhaus in Newport has violated its liquor license due to operating a disorderly premise.

The Board ordered the license to brew and sell alcohol be suspended for 50 days.

The Board allowed that suspension to be cut in half by paying a fine of $1,250. The remaining days will be waived, if there are no other violations during the next two years.

Additional problems could cause the Hofbrauhaus to lose its license. It opened in Newport in 2003.

It was the first authentic Hofbrauhaus in America. The beer hall seats around 250 people, while the beer garden can hold 400 people.

It's an ordeal local attorney Bob Amicone is glad is over.

Amicone has cell phone video of an attack at Hofbrauhaus. He says when he refused to let a bouncer, Christopher Bridges, search his wife's bag, he was thrown to the ground.

Hofbrauhaus has a policy of searching bags, claiming people steal more than a hundred of their beer steins each week.

Amicone said he thought he would pass out, with Bridges strong-arming him. Amicone said he thought Bridges was going to kill him.

The jury trial lasted just four days. Amicone won.

"Well, that goes back to the ABC's determination that the Hofbrauhaus should do background checks on their bouncers," said Amicone.

In court, Hofbrauhaus stated they had not done the background check on Bridges, calling it "cost prohibitive,"

Hofbrauhaus Manager John Ellison did not want to talk on-camera, but did send this statement to FOX19, "We are in receipt of an Opinion and Order from the Kentucky Alcoholic Beverage Control Board proposing to suspend our alcoholic beverage license. We disagree with the findings and are disappointed with the order and are in the process of evaluating an appropriate response."

Bouncer Bridges was later fired.

Ellison told us over the phone, they are open and are able to serve everything.

In his statement, Ellison also wrote, "Management feels strongly that it operates a safe, family friendly establishment...and that their servers and bartenders are trained through the Kentucky Restaurant Association Safe Server Program.

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