Marengo County Commission denies Magnolia Sports Bar request to operate until 2 a.m.

Published 4:28 pm Monday, June 19, 2023

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During the public comments portion of the June 13 Marengo County Commission meeting, Patrick Price, owner of the Magnolia Sports Bar and Grill, requested that the Commission allow the establishment to stay open until 2:00 a.m. on weekends and on holidays that fall on a weekday. The establishment is currently open until 1:00 a.m. on weekends. The Commission voted 4-1 to deny the request during a closed-door executive session.

Price told the Commission that he has “spent a lot of money” on security systems for his business, and that the Alabama ABC Board has conducted compliance checks and found no issues with current operations.

Commissioner Fred Armstead, Jr. asked Sheriff Robert Alston, Jr. if he’d had any complaints or issues with the business to which Alston said he has not had any issues since he took office in January.

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The Magnolia Sports Bar and Grill came under fire in 2021 when Thomasville resident 17-year-old Travion Jackson was shot outside the establishment and later died at the Thomasville Regional Medical Center. On July 14, 2021, the Commission voted unanimously to revoke the liquor license of the business.

The liquor license for the business was reinstated in January of 2022 after Price and his attorney, Sean Fitz-Gerald, assured the Commission that changes such setting an age limit of 25 or older had been implemented to the business.