FRANKLIN, TN (WSMV) - The Franklin Beer Board has suspended the beer license for the Tin Roof 2 for 30 days and will have to pay a $3,000 fine.
The 2 to 1 decision on Thursday afternoon comes after police officers padlocked and closed the bar in the Cool Springs section of town on Wednesday night.
Police said the bar closure comes after "70 incidents including 13 assaults, rape, public indecency, theft, gun possession, theft, and DUI." These incidents happened between January 1 to September 30 of this year.
The attorney for the owners of The Tin Roof 2 is speaking out after the bar was closed and padlocked by police after several incident including assaults and rape.
The Franklin Beer Board also stipulated that Tin Roof 2 would follow Nashville bar closing guidelines and close at 11 p.m., hire additional security for the parking lot and be more cognizant of what's going on inside the business.
Kevin Thompson, who is the attorney for co-owners Jason Shear and Kyle McPhee, previously spoke with News 4 and stated the padlocking of the business happened "without giving notice ."
“Most of the incidents here all happened off the premise and it’s important for the community to understand that. Nothing has really happened inside the bar which is within their control," Thompson told News 4 on Wednesday.
News4 did get a hold of the original complaint from the city. In it, it shows a letter was sent from the City Attorney to the owners at the end of August.
It included the city’s concern for the “significant drain on resources” the business was having on the Franklin Police Department as well as “especially concerning is a video taken inside the Tin Roof 2 of a live explicit sexual act occurring in the establishment.”
Co-owner Jason Shear did say he got the letter and called the attorney back. “We talked about potential roadblocks coming off the highway. Talked about meeting with the head of the Franklin Police department. I requested that,” said Shear. He went on to say he and his business partner Kyle, “would be more than happy to pay for off duty uniformed police.”
Shear also addressed why it didn’t look like action had been taken. “You may be asking why we didn’t put any solutions in to place until today. Why did it take this hearing to get us to react? That’s just simply not what has happened here. We are just a little bit confused because we always thought we had a very good relationship with the Franklin Police Department and we have always been in communication with them.”
Like his attorney told News4 on Wednesday, they believe in influx of people are all coming from Davidson County because of the COVID-restrictions still in place.
Shear saying, “We are being overwhelmed in our parking lot after 11pm with a bad element coming from Nashville. In Ubers, in taxis, people 6, 8 at a time and you know we’re doing everything we can do inside our four walls.”
The complaint also includes an investigation by two special agents with the TABC in early September. They say they observed numerous females bypassing security even though they also said most IDs were checked. The found COVID-19 precautions weren’t being adhered to with 165 people inside and 75 on the patio. Their list also included patrons urinating in the parking lot area, groups of women being led by an older man through the back alley to get in the back door, one woman seen possibly overly intoxicated exposing herself, an another woman found unconscious.
That investigative report concluding, “the establishment poses a real threat to public safety due to the total disregard to Law and TABC Rules and Regulations.”