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Trouble for Golden Goose.

The Golden Goose private club in Fort Smith was scheduled to have its private club and retail beer permit reinstated Nov. 12 after a 30-day suspension.

The suspension, one-year probation for the permit and a $500 fine were the result of Arkansas' Alcoholic Beverage Control Board determining that the club served alcohol after 2 a.m. Jan. 29, after legally permitted hours.

In a report, Sgt. Dewey Young of the Fort Smith Police Department stated that he arrived at the club, at 522 N. 10th St., after being dispatched there at 2:44 a.m. in response to an alleged fight. Young stated that he did not find a fight, but he did find people drinking and cans and cups of alcohol on the tables that were still cold to the touch.

Michael Langley, director of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Division, said only about 20 such suspensions are dealt out each year in the state. "It's very uncommon. You have to be in front of us multiple times or have an egregious violation" Langley said.

The Golden Goose has already had several prior violations, he said.

While a retail beer permit is suspended, a club may choose to open as a gathering site or restaurant without serving alcohol, Langley said.

Owner Kevin Willis said he kept the Golden Goose's kitchen open, despite the suspension, and is appealing the permit's probation. He is planning to have a grand opening for the club under a new name, Fort Smith Jazz & Blues Grill, by the end of 2011.

"We're trying to cater to a more mature audience," he said. The renamed club will offer live blues and jazz performances, and will try to attract a dressier, more family-friendly crowd, Willis said.
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Title Annotation:Arkansas Business Whispers
Publication:Arkansas Business
Date:Nov 21, 2011
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