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The B.O.B. Reopens Following Liquor License Suspension


The B.O.B. is back in business, starting today.

The restaurant and entertainment complex has been closed since July 3 because of a suspension of their state liquor license.

The downtown Grand Rapids establishment’s license was suspended by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission after the death of a patron who fell down a back stairway while intoxicated. The state argued that servers at The B.O.B. had over-served Kevin O’Brien in 2013, when he fell to his death.

The state had originally suspended the B.O.B.’s license for only three days, but upped the suspension to ten after the B.O.B. appealed.

On July 3, The B.O.B. announced it would cease fighting the suspension and close from July 4 to July 13. During the shutdown, The B.O.B. has renovated some areas of the building and held additional training for servers, security, and bartenders.

On Sunday evening, The Gilmore Collection, which owns and operates The B.O.B., held a special event at another of its properties, Nick Fink’s. All profits from the event went to The B.O.B. employees who were working at Nick Fink’s that evening.

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