Boathouse Grill sues Chattanooga Beer and Wrecker Board over fine
The Boathouse is suing the Chattanooga Beer and Wrecker Board after being fined for patrons taking alcoholic beverages onto the Riverwalk.
On May 21st, the Boathouse was given a violation after patrons took alcoholic beverages onto the Riverwalk. A hearing for the violation was scheduled for June 7th, but no representatives for the Boathouse were present.
In their lawsuit, the Boathouse claims Hamilton County Park Rangers told the Boathouse they would not need to be present for the June 7th hearing. They also claim their 1994 lease agreement with previous owners allow their patrons to take alcoholic beverages onto the portion of the Riverwalk on the Boathouse's property.
During the hearing, the Chattanooga Beer and Wrecker Board imposed either a fine of $1,500 against the Boathouse or a multi-day suspension of their beer license.
The Boathouse says they didn't know about the hearing until local news reported on it. The lawsuit requests the penalty be reversed and the $1,500 fine refunded.
Policy for the Board does not allow rehearings or reconsideration.