Hot Springs Club Loses Liquor License for ‘Posing Danger to Public Health and Safety’

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HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — A controversial nightclub in Central Arkansas lost its liquor license. 

Hot Springs Police say they’ve been called out to Boot Scooters Kountry Club nearly 400 times in the last four years. 

Crimes range from homicide to disorderly conduct. 

Dozens of Alcoholic Beverage Control violations have also been filed in recent years.

From August 26 to Sept. 23, 6 violations were filed, resulting in the ABC suspending the club’s license. 

Tuesday, at an emergency hearing, Director Mary Robin Casteel upheld the suspension and permanently revoked Boot Scooters liquor license. 

“This is a situation unlike many situations that we see,” Casteel said. 

The Boot Scooters attorney presented several changes the club underwent in the two weeks it’s had a suspended license, including an hour and half online training class for its employees, new ID scanners and precision pour devices they’ll attach to liquor bottles should they regain its license. 

“You’ve trained them in the last two weeks?” Casteel asked. 

“That’s just not good enough.”

Some violations the club faces include over serving, alleged attacks on patrons by staff members and faking security measures, as witnessed by under cover agents. 

There are pages of other violations and crimes committed in or on Boot Scooters property.

A police officer testified Tuesday that they often get called out to the property or wait around the area. He said staff members have asked they be there to help their nights go smoothly. 

“These officers are on duty. There are multiple things they could be doing in the city of Hot Springs rather than babysitting patrons in your parking lot.” Casteel said. 

The business can stay open, but cannot serve alcohol. It’s one of a few clubs that was licensed to stay open until 5 a.m. 

Boot Scooters can appeal before the full ABC board. The earliest date would be in November. 

The club’s phone has been disconnected. 

The club’s permitee Deborah Hunter was not present at the hearing. 

To read the documents from ABC, click here

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