The B.O.B. serving liquor license suspension

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The B.O.B. has restaurants, bars, a comedy club, and dancing -- something for just about everyone.

Some customers say it will be inconvenient, but they will find other places to eat and drink during the entertainment complex's 10-day liquor license suspension. Friday is the first day of the suspension.

Staff at those other establishments say they are ready to welcome The B.O.B.'s business.

"It's inconvenient, certainly," said Norm Levin, who says he's been coming to The B.O.B. ever since it opened.

Now that the liquor license suspension is actually happening, July 4 through July 13, regular customers say it's disappointing the business will be closed during that time.

The B.O.B. is serving the suspension because the Michigan Liquor Control Commission says customer Kevin O'Brien was already intoxicated when he was served more drinks in May 2013. O'Brien fell down a stair case and died. His was the third death at The B.O.B. since 2009.

After initially having its liquor license suspended for three days, The B.O.B. appealed -- and authorities handed it a 10-day suspension. The B.O.B. appealed that, as well, and after a judge upheld the longer suspension, the facility's owners initially said they would continue fighting. This week, though, they decided to stop fighting and serve the suspension.

Amber, a bar manager at Flannigan's Irish Pub, said her establishment's ready to serve anyone looking for a drink.

"I mean, it's not a great thing," she said. "But it's a good thing for us."


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