LaFayette tavern can open pending May hearing on alcohol license

LaFayette tavern can open pending May hearing on alcohol license

February 26th, 2014 by Tim Omarzu in Local - Breaking News

Michael Lovelady

Michael Lovelady

Photo by Tim Barber /Times Free Press.

LAFAYETTE, Ga. - The Chattanooga Street Tavern here can sell beer and wine again, pending a May 9 hearing in Walker County Superior Court to determine whether the business can keep its license to sell alcohol.

Mayor Andy Arnold announced that decision this afternoon to an audience of people who had come to City Hall for an 11 a.m. public hearing about the tavern, which has been closed since last Friday after police Chief Benji Clift banned alcohol sales there.

The LaFayette City Council was supposed to hear the police chief's case against tavern owner Michael Lovelady, who is represented by Ringgold, Ga.,-based attorney Clifton "Skip" Patty. Instead, the parties agreed behind closed doors to send the matter to superior court.

Mayor Arnold said he sat in one room at city attorney David Gottlieb's office while Lovelady and Patty sat in another and Gottlieb shuttled between the two rooms.

Arnold said it made sense for a judge to decide the matter.

"That's what they do for a living," he said.

For complete details, see tomorrow's Chattanooga Times Free Press.