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Drain strip bar loses liquor license, vows to stay open

The club, Top of the Bowl, was accused of violating COVID-19 restrictions.

Posted: Oct 8, 2020 5:49 PM
Updated: Oct 9, 2020 5:34 PM

DRAIN, Ore. -- A strip bar in a small Douglas County community had its liquor license suspended by the state, which accused it of violating social distancing and face covering requirements.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission said it began its investigation of Top of the Bowl, 335 W. C Avenue, in July.

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During an initial inspection, OLCC said its inspector observed a bartender not wearing a face mask. Later, in August, the bar allegedly stayed open past 10 p.m. and some staff members were not wearing face masks. An inspector in September reported similar findings, according to OLCC.

Rik Marin, who manages the bar, told KEZI 9 News that mistakes had been made, but he promised to do better. In the meantime, he said, the club will remain open without alcoholic beverages.

Marin said an appeal had been filed with OLCC and he is working to get the license reinstated.

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