Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) commissioner Troy Hebert has suspended the alcohol permit at Elysian Fields Avenue's Sports Vue Bar, after bar owner Carlton Charles pleaded guilty to felony charges of money laundering, racketeering and conspiracy to distribute narcotics.
As a convicted Felon, Charles can't hold an alcoholic beverage permit.
On June 9, 2011 Sports Vue Bar was raided by local, state, and federal officials due to a large number of complaints on the bar from citizens in the area. Since this raid, ATC agents have issued several administrative violations to the bar and have obtained evidence needed to support a finding that the bar’s owners utilize their alcoholic beverage permit to further illegal operations which pose a grave threat to the public health and welfare.
An administrative hearing is scheduled for 9:30am on Monday, August 6, 2012 at ATC headquarters in Baton Rouge, LA. Sports Vue Bar faces penalties up to revocation of its alcoholic beverage permit. “ATC is committed to protecting the public safety by ensuring that businesses permitted by our office are not being run by criminals who seek to utilize their permits to further harmful criminal operations,” said Hebert.
A release from ATC points out that the bar's suspension follows the recent announcement of a joint initiative between ATC and the city to target "nuisance" alcoholic beverage outlets (ABOs) in New Orleans.
Sports Vue has also been a regular venue for hip-hop and bounce shows — here's a New York Times piece from 2010 about Big Freedia and Katey Red on their way to the bar. Last year's raid made more than 40 arrests, 29 of which were fugitives.