EUGENE, Ore. – Taylor’s Bar & Grill in downtown Eugene lost its liquor license Thursday following a meeting of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.
The action will take effect at 7 a.m. on Tuesday and means the business will no longer be able to serve alcoholic drinks, an OLCC spokesman said. The business can continue to serve food and non-alcoholic beverages.
OLCC staff members will be at Taylor's on Tuesday to verify that there is no more alcohol on site.
Taylor’s was closed on Thursday and a note was taped to the window that said, “Closed for the day. See you tomorrow. — Tay’s Staff.”
Later, a Taylor's employee put out signs that said they would be back open on Friday at 11:30 a.m. to kick off "Customer Appreciation Weekend."
Eric Clarke, Taylor's general manager, declined to comment when contacted about the decision.
The OLCC action follows numerous complaints against Taylor’s Bar & Grill. On May 1, 2019, the OLCC issued a 14-page “fourth amended notice of proposed license cancellation and refusal to renew license.” The document outlines the incidents which led to the loss of the bar’s liquor license.
According to the report, there were 6 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 they think someone put a pill in their drink and they couldn't remember anything that happened afterwards. Some of them said they were sexually assaulted.
There were also 20 reported fights including one brawl with nearly 20 people.
"I think it is definitely good that it does get shut down since those claims need to be taken seriously. I think it's better if they do get new ownership or if they do put something in there that's a similar vibe as Taylor's. They should make it safer for everyone to go to so those problems don't continue to happen," University of Oregon student Lindsey Tapia said.
The OLCC decision follows “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 the notice from the OLCC.
"When you think of Eugene you think of Taylor's. To not have that around is like a piece of the University of Oregon that won't be here anymore," UO student Cole Knox said.