Liquor license at risk for Smuggler's Inn

Posted at 8:21 PM, May 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-16 22:33:25-04

A Kansas City business is fighting city leaders over something they say they have the right to keep.

Smuggler's Inn near I-435 and Front Street has seen its share of problems and now -- it's in a fight to keep its liquor license.

In 2016 alone, police responded to the bar's address for a murder, assaults, a severe beating and even sexual assault.

On Tuesday, the Kansas City, Missouri Liquor Control Board of review held a meeting in regard to revocation of the establishment's retail sales-by-drink, retail-sales-by-drink Sunday license, and 3:00 a.m. closing permit.

Neighboring businesses like First Federal Bank are fed up with the trash they find on Monday mornings.

Regulated industries say they've disciplined the business in the past but little has changed. During a surprise inspection, the business was caught staying open past 3 a.m.

The attorney for the bar's owners argued that what happens in the parking lot is out of their hands. They point to tailgating at Arrowhead Stadium and Kauffman Stadium. The bar argues they shouldn't be held to a different standard.

Both sides declined to comment further pending the next hearing when a decision on this matter will be reached.