Two Fayetteville bars lose alcohol permits

August 5, 2012 2:43:55 PM PDT
The NC ABC Commission has suspended temporary alcohol permits for two bars in Fayetteville.

The organization cited recent shootings in the parking lot, allegations of alcohol sales after 2:30 a.m., and a history of violence in the report.

The Basement Lounge and The UPTOP Lounge, both on Fort Bragg Road, had their permits suspended Friday.

"Violent crime at bars and clubs in Fayetteville must be taken seriously by owners of the establishments. Seizing the permits from these two locations is a major step towards improving public safety and easing the burden the locations have created on local and state law enforcement," Special Agent in Charge David Williams with N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement said. "State ALE agents will continue to focus law enforcement efforts on bars and clubs that remain open after 2:30 a.m. These locations are havens for violent crime."

In addition to suspending the temporary permits, the ABC Commission is in the process of rejecting the applications for permanent ones.

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