Rome’s Alcohol Control Commission made the recommendation at their meeting Tuesday night. The suspension would prevent them from having music from a live band or DJ and dancing, said City Clerk Joe Smith. The television and pool table would be allowed.
The recommendation will have to be approved by the Rome City Commission at their July 8 meeting.
Rome police issued a noise citation May 8 after saying they could hear the music from the bar across the street at around 1:30 a.m.
The Lantern was given a letter of warning by the ACC on April 15 after Rome police issued the first noise citation March 16. They had received complaints about the music volume and people being loud in the parking lot.
The owners said they were ready to close the establishment’s doors and had turned off the utilities when Fred Simpson asked for an opportunity to manage it.
Simpson was the manager the night the second citation was issued. He told the ACC he thought he and The Lantern were being targeted by police.
“I don’t think we are just targeting you,” Slack said to Simpson. “It’s a hot spot.”
If approved by the City Commission the suspension will be effective July 11-13.