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Bar owner to appeal city closure
The owner of a neighborhood bar shut down in August following violations of probation will ask the City Commission Wednesday to let it reopen.

Russell's Lounge at 1828 Wolfe St. was shut down Aug. 22 following violations after police were called to resolve an incident, said City Manager Bill Weeks.

"The business and alcohol licenses have been surrendered after we received an incident report," Weeks said. "Through our ordinance, the owner can appear for an appeal at a city commission meeting."

The closure is scheduled to be appealed when the commission meets at 6 p.m. at Old City Hall on Newcastle Street.

A Brunswick police report dated Aug. 22 detailed an incident that happened at 1:13 a.m. involving the manager of the bar and the doorman. The incident occurred after the Aug. 15 City Commission meeting, when the bar was placed on a 90-day probation after it was found in violation of city alcohol ordinances when serving customers after 2 a.m.

The bar's hours were limited to 9 p.m. to midnight for 90 days. It also was required to install metal detectors and to schedule off-duty police officers for security detail.

Mayor Bryan Thompson said the commission stands behind its decision.

"This commission takes the violations seriously and will continue to," Thompson said. "We feel we have to when we face things like this."

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