History of violent incidents and serving visibly intoxicated patrons among violations listed by OLCC

JASON CHANEY - Horseshoe Saloon to surrender Full On-Premises Sales license.

The Horseshoe Saloon is surrendering its Full On-Premises Sales license and will receive a letter of reprimand for four violations, the OLCC announced.

The state liquor control agency said the longtime bar on North Main Street "has a history of serious and persistent problems," including 50 documented incidents, 28 of which involved violence such as fights, disorderly conduct and assaults. Additional violations include service of alcohol to a visibly intoxicated person, permitting self-service of alcohol, and permitting consumption of alcohol between the hours of 2:30 and 7 a.m.

The OLCC added that a server, whose alcohol service permit has expired, will receive a letter of reprimand for serving a visibly intoxicated person. The letter will become part of the former employee's permanent file with the commission.

The licensee of the bar, according to the OLCC, is Cooler Bar, LLC, with members listed as Robert Durkee and Larry Goodman. However, new owners of the bar have applied for a liquor license. Triangle C Investments, LLC has made application for Full On-Premises Commercial, Limited On-Premises and Off-Premises licenses. The license, which was accepted last Tuesday, is slated for approval on the Prineville City Council agenda Tuesday evening.

New owners Cody Suing and Christina Powell, who own Prineville's Sons of Beer, recently posted to the Sons of Beer Facebook page regarding their plans for the Horseshoe. Powell confirmed that she and Suing are "in the process of purchasing the Horseshoe," adding that they hope to have it complete by the end of the month.

She went on to stress that they are going to clean it up and make a few little changes, but nothing major. Changes will include more lighting over the dining area, "not blasting, just bright, so you can enjoy your meal without guessing what it was."

"We are not changing it to a yuppie bar," she stated. "And we are not firing all the employees."

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