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Councilman wants to close bars at 2 a.m. over Cahoots controversy

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Cahoots is at the center of controversy after a YouTube video surfaced of a massive street fight near the bar. Its liquor license is on the chopping block after Metro ABC says the bar didn't hold up its end of an agreement after several citations. Cahoots is at the center of controversy after a YouTube video surfaced of a massive street fight near the bar. Its liquor license is on the chopping block after Metro ABC says the bar didn't hold up its end of an agreement after several citations.

LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- At Monday night's Original Highlands Neighborhood Association meeting, the idea was brought up for a wet/dry vote but Councilman Tom Owen says that isn't something he supports.

"It would turn Baxter Avenue and Bardstown Road into a wasteland,” said Owen.

Owen, who represents the 8th district, says the idea was brought up after some neighborhood association members said they're tired of the city not doing anything to solve the problems surrounding Cahoots.

"The energy around the table last night was fueled by the experience at Cahoots over the last several months,” Owen told WDRB.

Cahoots is at the center of controversy after a YouTube video surfaced of a massive street fight near the bar. Its liquor license is on the chopping block after Metro ABC says the bar didn't hold up its end of an agreement after several citations. An attorney for Cahoots argued bar management wasn’t given proper notice to make changes.

Owen agrees that Cahoots should face consequences.

"Clearly I think there has been significant issues with civility and lawlessness associated with Cahoots,” he said.

But he thinks a wet/dry vote is too drastic. He believes a city-wide ordinance change to cut liquor licenses at 2 a.m. instead of 4 is the right solution.

"Not a lot of good happens around the alcohol license premises between 2 and 4,” he said.

He says Louisville is one of only a few U.S. cities that allows bars to serve alcohol until 4 a.m.

"We are a radical exception as a community to allow 4:00,” he said.

Owen plans to re-ignite the conversation with his fellow council members. He says it would take 14 supportive council members to change the ordinance.

"If it ever happens, it needs to happen across the entire community and I'm personally very supportive of that,” Owen said.

In the meantime, Metro ABC has proposed Cahoots lose its liquor license for 36 days.

The judge in that case has until mid-October to decide whether or not to suspend Cahoots liquor license.

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