Premier Pub and Grill in Huntington, West Virginia, surrenders liquor license after several violent incidents in 2022

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HUNTINGTON, WV (WOWK) — Gary “Gig” Robinson, a spokesperson from the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration (WVABCA), says Premier Pub and Grill in Huntington has submitted its liquor license.

Robinson says the WVABCA planned to extend a recent suspension, which was put in place by Commission Frederic Wooten after a shooting that left one man dead from a stray bullet allegedly outside of Premier Pub and Grill. The WVABCA planned to take even further action if it was necessary, Robinson says.

However, as a result of the WVABCA’s plans for further action, Premier Pub and Grill decided to surrender its license, Robinson states.

Huntington residents and officials say the establishment has been a public nuisance for quite some time. On Friday, the city filed a complaint against Premier Pub and Grill after several violent incidents near the property.

The complaint lists violent incidents that have happened on or near the property since March 2022:

  • Two patrons sustained gunshot wounds during an altercation that moved from the bar to the alley behind the bar on March 20, 2022.
  • Two patrons sustained gunshot wounds during an altercation that resulted in two gunshots being fired into the bar on March 26, 2022.
  • Huntington Police received a call about a person threatening to shoot up the bar on Oct. 29, 2022.
  • Two intoxicated patrons got into an altercation with the bar staff and fired numerous shots toward the bar, striking and killing an employee of a nearby restaurant on Nov. 4, 2022.

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