A few days after its beer permit was revoked late last month, Lincolnâ€™s Sports Grille requested a hearing in Anderson County Chancery Court and asked that the revocation be put on hold while the legal case is pending.
Lincolnâ€™s, which had its beer permit revoked by a city board on August 28, said it has been hit with a â€œmore substantial penalty than similar establishments have faced with similar conduct.â€
The beer permit of the popular restaurant and bar, which opened about 4.5 years ago, was revoked for one year after its fifth show cause hearing before the Oak Ridge Beer Permit Board, and the second called after Lincolnâ€™s sold beer to a minor.
In a petition filed September 2, Lincolnâ€™s asked the Anderson County Chancery Court for a hearing to determine whether the business â€œviolated any rules of conduct pertaining to the sale of beer and the appropriate punishment.â€
The litigation could be protracted, the petition said. Lincolnâ€™s is represented by Oak Ridge attorney Kevin C. Angel.
â€œFailure of this court to issue a stay of the Beer Boardâ€™s decision will result in irreparable loss to the petitioner (Lincolnâ€™s) because it severely impacts petitionerâ€™s ability to do business while the matter is pending,â€ Lincolnâ€™s said. â€œOn the other hand, if this court grants a stay and ultimately upholds the decision of the Beer Board, the petitioner can still be suspended for a year after this courtâ€™s decision. Thus, a stay of the Beer Boardâ€™s decision is in the interest of justice.â€ [Read more…]