EUGENE, Ore. -- Two weeks after a popular bar lost its liquor license and closed its doors, the owner of the building says it will "absolutely" reopen.
Todd Taylor says his great-grandfather bought the property at E. 13th Avenue and Kincaid Street after World War I. From 1983 to 1985, he was the last family member to manage the namesake tavern. Since then, the bar has been leased out to various operators, he said.
"We had a great operator, Ramzy Hattar, the last few years," Taylor said. "He's worked really hard to clean it up, get the right crowd in. He was doing a great job. Unfortunately, the (Oregon Liquor Control Commission) just kind of had it predetermined that they were going to take the (liquor) license."
The OLCC said its decision to revoke the bar's liquor license followed “a history of serious and persistent problems involving disturbances, unlawful activities, or noise either in the licensed premises at 894 East 13th Avenue, or involving patrons of the establishment in the immediate vicinity of the premises.”
According to a May 2019 OLCC report, there were six drunk driving incidents where drivers were arrested after leaving Taylor's. One woman had a blood alcohol content of .22, which is almost three times the legal limit. Six women reported someone had put drugs in their drinks and said they couldn't remember what happened afterwards. Some women said they were sexually assaulted.
There were also 20 reported fights including one brawl with nearly 20 people.
Taylor said the last straw was the murder of Lane Community College student Alex Oyombe Gradin in the surrounding neighborhood.
"The paper said (the murder) was behind Taylor's. It wasn't behind Taylor's. It was a horrible crime, but it was done on the University of Oregon parking lot a block away," Taylor said. "Those folks that were involved in that were never in the tavern. They never stepped foot in here."
Taylor described the bar as "temporarily" closed.
"We'll see what we can do," he said. "We're in the process of talking with Ramzy, see what his plans are. He still has the lease. We just need to find out what we can and cannot do here. The family has options."