The Tarboosh Mediterranean Cuisine and Hookah Bar in downtown Clarksville had its liquor license suspended. CHERI REEVES

The Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission reprimanded a downtown Clarksville bar, resulted in a suspension of its liquor license for six months.

In a resolution of a dozen alleged violations, Tarboosh Mediterranean Cuisine and Hookah Bar at 117 Franklin St. in Clarksville agreed to the suspension ordered by the TABC, which began Sept. 1 and will continue through the end of February.

The alleged violations, placed in a document provided to Main Street Clarksville following a records request to the TABC, included the establishment posing a risk to public health, safety or welfare.

In the matter of the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission versus Tarboosh of Clarksville entered on Aug. 27, there were allegations listed that violated the executive orders from Gov. Bill Lee, Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett and the city of Clarksville during the pandemic.

Additionally, there were accusations of the bar using parts of the premises as a subterfuge or means of evading the rules and regulations of the commission; refusing to disclose records or furnish information to the TABC; failing to maintain the licensed establishment in compliance with all laws; and for failing to keep all records of all purchases and sales of alcoholic beverages.

During the suspension, Tarboosh cannot sell alcohol, no orders for alcoholic beverages can be placed with wholesalers, and no deliveries of alcohol can be accepted by the business.

Further repercussions possible

The order said for six months following the suspension, each month Tarboosh will submit to the TABC by hand delivery to a TABC officer documents that reflect the establishment’s sales, including food, wine, liquor and beer vendor receipts; the cash register receipts for daily sales that specify the type and also the amount of alcoholic beverages and food sold; and also door charges, cover charges and any similar charges for entry to Tarboosh.

After the suspension expires, Tarboosh will have to hire a sufficient number of security guards to ensure adequate security on weekend nights when a deejay is used, at events and also days where door money is collected beginning at 9 p.m. until the establishment closes.

The order makes it clear that if any of the violation of terms on the agreed order is discovered, Tarboosh would have its license revoked.

In June, Clarksville Fire Rescue reported shutting the doors of the business one evening when it was discovered 160 people were inside the bar during early morning hours. The business has an 80-person occupancy allowance, according to the fire marshal.

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