Hatmaker's Bar and Grill loses beer license for 10 years in wake of double fatal shooting




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  • 2022-08-16 20:03:08Z
  • By Knox News | The Knoxville News-Sentinel
 

The city of Knoxville has revoked the beer license for Hatmaker's Bar and Grill in the wake of a fatal shooting of two men outside the bar in April.

Hatmaker's already has served a suspension of its alcohol license by the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission but now will have its beer license revoked for a 10-year period.

The owner can appeal the decision.

"We'll see what we can do," Jason Hatmaker told Knox News after the hearing, adding he is concerned he will lose too much business to stay open if he can only sell alcohol, not beer.

Hatmaker had asked for a second extension, which the beer board denied after a brief hearing Tuesday.

On April 29, a fight between members of two motorcycle clubs broke out in the parking lot and shots were fired, according to a Knoxville Police Department spokesperson. Kenneth "Lee" Burgett, 46, of Knoxville, and Patrick Petty, 30, of Harrogate, were killed and two other men were taken to the hospital, he said.

Burgett and Petty were from rival motorcycle clubs, according to the spokesperson.

Additionally, a 30-year-old man arrived at the Claiborne Medical Center suffering from a nonlife-threatening gunshot wound after reportedly fleeing from the scene.

No suspects have been arrested although the investigation remains active, a Knoxville Police Department spokesperson said Tuesday.

In May, the state alcohol board suspended the Hatmaker's alcohol license for 17 days and placed the bar on a year's probation. Hatmaker's also agreed to pay a $1,500 fine and create an updated security plan to include video cameras and security guards.

As part of its suspension order, the state noted Hatmaker's had 34 calls for service between Jan. 1 and May 2, including 10 disturbances, two assaults, one fight and the shooting.

According to the state complaint, the fatal shooting of Petty and Burgett started as a physical fight inside the bar.

It also noted a prior citation for a fight at the bar involving motorcycle gangs in November 2020 that ended in a shooting, and stated the bar's owner had failed to maintain the establishment in a decent, orderly and respectable manner.

This article originally appeared on Knoxville News Sentinel: Hatmaker's Bar and Grill loses beer license for 10 years after shootings

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