Reggie's bar in Tigerland, cited last month for allowing underage patrons into the popular hangout near LSU's campus, planned to close its doors Tuesday and Wednesday after a Baton Rouge judge earlier Tuesday allowed the suspension of the bar's state liquor license to go back into effect.
State District Judge Tim Kelley had issued an order July 3 that temporarily blocked the suspension and allowed Reggie's to remain open. But fellow 19th Judicial District Judge Mike Caldwell on Tuesday dissolved Kelley's temporary restraining order.
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Reggie's now faces preparing for a hearing Thursday before the state Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, which issued the license suspension June 27, a day after an undercover operation stung the bar for allowing underage patrons inside and also allegedly permitting "improper conduct" on its grounds.
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Noting that monetary damages cannot form the basis for a claim of irreparable injury by the bar, Caldwell recalled the temporary restraining order issued last week by Kelley. Caldwell, who said the temporary restraining order was "perhaps improperly issued," also denied the bar's request for a preliminary injunction against the state Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control.
Kris Perret, who represents Reggie's parent company CB LLC, said outside Caldwell's courtroom that the bar would shut down Tuesday night and Wednesday night. He said the bar will continue to work with the state regulatory agency "to get back in their good graces."
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The ATC on Thursday will hear Reggie's case to have its liquor license permanently reinstated. Reggie's faces fines to possible revocation of its liquor license.
The state agency pulled Reggie's Class A general beer and liquor license June 27, a day after several local law enforcement agencies hit the bar with dozens of citations following the undercover sting.
The suspension notice said the bar on Bob Pettit Boulevard was cited with 19 counts of allowing underage patrons inside, 34 counts of permitting "improper conduct" on its grounds and seven counts of failing to properly train its employees.
Nearly three dozen misdemeanor summonses were issued to patrons that night, including minors in possession of alcohol. Authorities found at least 19 people age 17 or younger in the bar the night of the sting.
Officials also found mold and dirt near serving areas and in other parts of the bar and cited the establishment for having more patrons that night than its listed capacity.
Perret told Caldwell during Tuesday's hearing that the violations the bar was cited with last month were all first-offense violations.
"We must not be the horrible monster … they allege," he told the judge.
Perret also argued that the media attention and negative publicity generated by the license suspension has damaged the bar's reputation.
"Once the bell's rung, you can't unring the bell," he said.
But ATC attorney Ernest Legier told Caldwell the bar doesn't exactly have a stellar reputation.
"The reputation of this bar … hasn't been held in high regard for some time," he said.
Legier said ATC Commissioner Juana Marine-Lombard suspended the bar's liquor license because the "health, welfare and safety of the public at large was jeopardized" by the bar's conduct. Legier also noted that Reggie's has essentially admitted to the violations cited by the ATC.
Perret has said Reggie's has taken steps to address the issues uncovered in the sting, and the bar has been cleared to reopen by the state Department of Health's Office of Public Health and the Baton Rouge Fire Department. He also said the bar has been thoroughly cleaned to address all sanitation issues.
Reggie's has installed a new scanning device that tracks IDs and can tell how many times an ID has been swiped in a night in an attempt to prevent IDs from being used by multiple people, Perret said. The bar also will train security personnel to keep an eye on its capacity, he said.
Reggie's has been no stranger to news headlines. In 2013, then-LSU running back Jeremy Hill punched a 20-year-old man in Reggie's parking lot and was charged with simple battery. He was put on probation after pleading guilty to the misdemeanor charge. Hill is now in the NFL.
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In 2015, then-LSU defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao dug through the pockets of an unconscious man and punched the man's girlfriend in the face outside Reggie's. He was dismissed from the team and charged with simple battery. Lealaimatafao never played a down at LSU. He is now serving a six-year prison term in California for second-degree robbery and carjacking. Those charges stemmed from 2016 incidents in Los Angeles.
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