GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The state of Michigan says The BOB, the large downtown bar and restaurant complex, should lose its liquor license for ten days "to make sure they are more vigilant when it comes to their patrons." Assistant attorney general Jason Geissler made that request Friday to the Michigan Liquor Control Commission following two days of hearings.
The hearings stem from the death last May of a Wyoming man, Kevin O'Brien, who fell four floors to his death in a BOB back stairway. He was three times over the legal drunk limit, and the state contends The BOB is guilty of over serving O'Brien, who had been drinking at other bars before arriving at The BOB on May 12, 2013.
Operon was the third person to die in a BOB stairwell incident within four years. Geissler said "that's significant, that's significant."
BOB attorney Todd Dickinson said "to assume there is some connection between those incidents and the charges made in this complaint I think is just grossly inappropriate."
Geissler said the most The BOB could be fined is $1600, so he sought the ten day suspension. "A monetary fine is not a deterrent, more is needed so I think a suspension is needed," he said.
Dickinson said O'Brien did not appear drunk to BOB bartenders. BOB owner Greg Gilmore said the establishment takes it's liquor serving responsibilities very seriously. "We continually adapt and we've made several different changes in the past 6 months or year" Gilmore testified.
The Michigan Liquor Control Commission will issue it's decision on the case within 45 days.