State to hear B.O.B. suspension appeal

The B.O.B. in Grand Rapids (Dec. 19, 2013)
The B.O.B. in Grand Rapids (Dec. 19, 2013)

LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — The Michigan Liquor Control Commission has agreed to hear an appeal from the owner of The B.O.B. after it suspended the bar’s liquor license, which means the suspension has been stayed.

A new hearing for The B.O.B. is scheduled for June 3 in Lansing, where a three-person panel will hear the appeal. As a result, the suspension – which was set to cover May 30 to June 1 – will not occur.

In April, the commission issued the suspension and fined The B.O.B. $600 after a two-day hearing over one of three deaths at the establishment in the last four years. An autopsy found that Kevin O’Brien was drunk when he fell four floors to his death in May 2013.

The B.O.B. argued it wasn’t responsible for O’Brien’s death. But the state accused The B.O.B. of three charges, including serving alcohol to a visibly intoxicated customer, which was considered the most serious allegation. The commission found the bar in violation.

24 Hour News 8 will continue to follow the appeal process. Check back with woodtv.com for the latest.

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