City closes Remington bar, citing lack of running water

July 13, 2002|By Jamie Stiehm | Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF

The Hard Times bar in Remington, lately the focus of a community dispute, was closed indefinitely yesterday morning by a city environmental and sanitation inspector who found that there was no running water on the premises while it was open to the public - a major violation, according to city officials.

The bar, at the corner of 28th Street and Huntingdon Avenue, will be scrutinized by the liquor board at a hearing Thursday, in part because neighbors have questioned the validity of its license. Some neighbors say the bar was closed for more than 360 days last year. According to state law, if a liquor establishment is closed for 360 consecutive days it loses its license.

Liquor Board officials said yesterday that the bar has a valid license, unless the board rules otherwise as a result of the hearing.

The bar was open Thursday, and a group of neighbors protested outside.

However, the lack of adequate plumbing led to yesterday's closing.

"The physical plant is inadequate for handling food," Ron Cuffie, assistant commissioner for environmental health, said yesterday.

Hard Times cannot legally re-open until authorized by the city Health Department, he said.

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