Portland beer hall settles dispute with OLCC, reopens Friday – KATU
PORTLAND, Ore. — Rest easy, beer geeks. You can now return to Portland’s newest beer hall, legally.
After only four days of business, the Loyal Legion closed for several days after a liquor license dispute with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission and the city.
Kurt Huffman, the owner of Loyal Legion and many other restaurants and bars in Rose City, had said the city was delaying the liquor license because of the crime rate near the bar.
The restaurant gained massive publicity before it even opened, partially for its 99 Oregon beer taps, and partially for its no-tip policy. Huffman instituted a $15 minimum wage for all employees at LL.
According to KATU’s news partners at the Willamette Week, the City of Portland had in fact issued a negative recommendation against LL opening — the city only allows 50 crimes within a 500-foot radius over the course of a year, and LL had 124. Under those auspices, Huffman would have to have immediately shut down the bar and waited until the next OLCC meeting in August to take up the issue.
Willamette Week reports the OLCC has voted to immediately overturn the city’s automatic recommendation, due to a recently enacted rule Huffman was not aware of.
Bottom line — Loyal Legion reopens Friday.