UPDATE (10:00 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 14): According to a post on the bar’s Facebook page, Premier Pub & Grill will close.
The Facebook post said, in part, “It is with heavy hearts to announce that we will be closing the business. This was not an easy decision, but one we ultimately had to make given the circumstances.”
HUNTINGTON, WV (WOWK) — Gary “Gig” Robinson, a spokesperson from the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration (WVABCA), says Premier Pub and Grill in Huntington has submitted its liquor license.
Robinson says the WVABCA planned to extend a recent suspension, which was put in place by Commission Frederic Wooten after a shooting that left one man dead from a stray bullet allegedly outside of Premier Pub and Grill. The WVABCA planned to take even further action if it was necessary, Robinson says.
However, as a result of the WVABCA’s plans for further action, Premier Pub and Grill decided to surrender its license, Robinson states.
Huntington residents and officials say the establishment has been a public nuisance for quite some time. On Friday, the city filed a complaint against Premier Pub and Grill after several violent incidents near the property.
The complaint lists violent incidents that have happened on or near the property since March 2022:
- Two patrons sustained gunshot wounds during an altercation that moved from the bar to the alley behind the bar on March 20, 2022.
- Two patrons sustained gunshot wounds during an altercation that resulted in two gunshots being fired into the bar on March 26, 2022.
- Huntington Police received a call about a person threatening to shoot up the bar on Oct. 29, 2022.
- Two intoxicated patrons got into an altercation with the bar staff and fired numerous shots toward the bar, striking and killing an employee of a nearby restaurant on Nov. 4, 2022.