Harrisburg bar fights city to stay open

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Nuisance or nonsense?  City leaders want to close the Third Street Café, and Thursday the bar owner fought city hall in court to stay open.

There was no ruling and the judge didn’t say when he’ll make a decision.

There were a few main arguments, including the city’s decision not to renew the bar’s business license. City leaders argued they have the right to deny a license. The owner said because he sells alcohol his business is regulated by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, not the city.

Another issue is crime. City leaders argued the bar is a crime magnet, but the owner said the bar should be the least of their worries.

“The attempt to tie local elected officials and local government’s hands from actually making their communities safe is not what the state legislature ever intended,” said Neil Grover, attorney for Harrisburg City, “but that is certainly the result that is being sought here.”

“If you do a right to know request, you’ll see there are many other establishments with more crime on site,” said Chris Wilson, attorney for the Third Street Cafe.

The bar is allowed to stay open until the judge makes a decision.

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