EVANSVILLE, Ind (WEHT) The Vanderburgh County Health Department has issued a closure order to KC’s Timeout Lounge as of Wednesday for 7 days. This is due to the concert series held at KC’s over the weekend.
An investigation by Indiana State Excise Police listed violations to the Governor’s Executive Orders and are listed within the attached closure order.
“They asked us to lower the capacity a little bit so we did, I have the letter that they sent us. We turned away several people from coming in, we took temperatures at the door,” said manager Chad Brady.
There are clearly two sides to this story.
“Yea that’s not what state excise observed over the weekend. They had two concerts..A lot of people. There are a lot of ways to do things. Where you social distance groups that come in together, also being seated and wearing your mask.All of those things were not happening,” said Joe Gries, administrator of the Vanderburgh County Health Department.
But Brady is pushing back.
“We made sure every single person had a mask. If they didn’t have one, they bought one for us or went across to the CVS. Now they’re coming to shut us down for 7 days,” Brady said.
The health department issued a closure order for KC’s Time Out Lounge. This means health officials also temporarily took away the bar’s food permit.
And as part of the letter issues by State Excise Police, KC’s Time Out is unable to sell alcohol while its food license is revoked.
“They could have shut it down before, but they didn’t so now they’re saying we’re shut down for seven days. They refused to let us go in front of a judge today, that’s what we wanna go before a judge. We think have a case to plea they don’t want it,” Brady said.
Brady said they didn’t force people to come there, and that it was a ticket-only event. He said they have bills to pay and aren’t getting help.
“They expect us to just turn our business out the door, it’s unfair, it’s 100% discrimination. Period,” he said.
The bar has to come up with a mitigation plan and will remain closed until then.
“To make sure that all of the issues are resolved and that they are in compliance with the governor’s order moving forward,” Gries said.
There is also social video showing a packed house at these concerts as the health department says excise police were on the property but not confirm they went inside the bar.
(This story was originally published on January 20, 2021)