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Taylor's Bar could lose liquor license

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is looking to cancel Taylor's Bar & Grill's liquor license, citing 42 separate police reports involving the bar over a 22-month period.

Posted: Jun 13, 2019 1:14 PM
Updated: Jun 13, 2019 5:58 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A popular college bar in Eugene could lose its liquor license depending on what a judge recommends.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is looking to cancel Taylor's Bar & Grill's liquor license, citing 42 separate police reports involving the bar over a 22-month period. OLCC officials said the violations show a serious and persistent problem that demonstrates the owner isn't willing to or simply can't control the bar and customers' behavior.

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A hearing in front of an administrative court judge took place last week where the OLCC and the owner and licensee, Ramzy Hattar, presented evidence. OLCC spokesman Matthew Van Sickle said Hattar has to show the business has demonstrated a willingness and ability to change. 

Van Sickle said during last week's hearing, they couldn't get through all of the violations, and the hearing will resume during the first week of July.

The reports of violations include fights, theft, excessive drunkenness and female customers alleging they were drugged at the bar and later raped by other customers.

"Most of them resulted in serious injuries to the patrons, including a dislodged front tooth, fractured skull, broken bones, blindness, concussions," Van Sickle said. "Those really rise to the level of calling this a serious and persistent problem."

Van Sickle said after the judge makes a recommendation, OLCC commissioners could act by this fall.

Below is a statement from Hattar: 

"The goal is to keep the 100-year tradition of Taylor's Bar & Grill alive and safe for generations to come, however, we all understand that it’s going to take working closely with OLCC, EPD, UOPD, The University & the community.  Because of our location, our size and our decades of built-in traditions, we have a lot to manage but this hearing process has allowed us all to sit at the same table."

Van Sickle said Taylor's is operating on a Conditional Letter of Authority, which gives them the ability to operate until the proceedings are complete.

Below is a list of the violations the OLCC alleges took place:

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