The owner of a controversial Kirkwood sports bar said he plans to challenge the city of Atlanta’ss decision to deny his liquor license application.
Mayor Kasim Reed recently denied the alcohol permit for Kirkwood Bar & Grill when the issue landed on his desk for review after a December hearing by the city’s License Review Board, which voted to deny the permit.
David Johnson, owner of the bar at 1963 Hosea Williams Dr. SE, said he would appeal the decision and would sue the city based on a violation of his civil rights.
“There are a few remedies the law permits us to use,” Johnson said Tuesday. His attorney, Alan Begner, said he would file an appeal challenging the mayor’s decision that the mayor’s office said was based on neighborhood concerns. Kirkwood residents had complained that Johnson had violated city codes by staying open later than his permit allowed and that the restaurant was a magnet for crime.
“There is no ground to deny this application,” Begner said. He said the