College Park City Council considers revoking the entertainment licence of the Backyard Sports Grill

by TRISTAN MADDEN

The College Park City Council decided to take steps to revoke the entertainment license of College Park’s Backyard Sports Grill when it met for a council work session on Oct. 6.

On July 31st, a fight allegedly broke out at the restaurant on Baltimore Avenue, leaving four people injured, according to council member Robert Day. The Backyard Sports Grill was hosting an event that night and did not hire an off-duty Prince George’s County police officer to supervise the event, which was a violation of its entertainment license.

The restaurant’s owners, Dana Lee and Kristi Lee, subsequently appeared before the College Park City Council on Sept. 15 and promised to make changes to their practices. But according to council member Robert Day, another fight broke out when the restaurant hosted another event on the weekend of Sept. 18.

During the council work session on Oct. 6, the council resolved to push for revocation of the restaurant’s entertainment license when the July 31 incident is brought before the Prince George’s County Board of License Commissioners Nov. 4.

Council member Robert Day was strong in his opposition towards the restaurant during the meeting. Day said, “We can’t have that in our community… They need to go.”  Day said when the restaurant first opened in College Park, he and his wife decided to try it out. Within a few minutes in the restaurant, Day and his wife left, feeling the restaurant was not a very family-friendly place.

Council member P.J. Brennan also had strong opinions during the meeting. He claimed that the restaurant’s owners were “creating a pornographic environment” in their establishment. When asked to clarify, Brennan said the promotion material used for the restaurant’s various events featured lurid and suggestive images of women.

courtesy: https://www.facebook.com/backyardsportsgrill——-An example of the promotion material Brennan is referring to.

Proprietor Kristi Lee claimed that the Jul. 31 incident never happened at the Backyard Sports Grill. She claimed that the fight actually broke out at Slices Pizza Co. next door. Lee said that the council was unfairly assuming they were responsible, due to the poor reputation of Big Play Sports Grill, the previous business at that location.

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