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Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Holmes asks for emergency suspension of Cellars’ liquor license

10/27/2014  12:00:00 PM
Kimberly Mills  (206) 684-8602

Declaring public safety is at risk, City Attorney Pete Holmes has asked the Washington State Liquor Control Board to suspend the liquor license of Cellars, a Belltown restaurant and bar where “firearms have been either inside or actually discharged inside the establishment on at least three separate occasions” in 2013 and 2014.

Most recently, a 20-year-old man was killed and two other males were injured by the gunfire early in the morning of Oct. 11 in a parking lot adjacent to Cellars. One man was hit across the street from the shooting while the other was in the parking lot where the gunfight erupted.

“This incident must be Cellars’ last,” Holmes asserted in his Oct. 24 letter to the liquor control board. “Here, Cellars openly allowed minors and weapons on the premises, cannot manage their customers, and demonstrated through their actions a failure to cooperate with law enforcement in the investigation of the most serious crimes.”

“An emergency suspension will not only protect the public safety of the people of Seattle, but ensure that more people are not victimized as a result of Cellars’ inability or refusal to operate in a safe manner,” Holmes stated.

October 27 Letter

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