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Latonia Bar Can Now Stay Open Later

A Latonia bar will soon be slinging drinks till 2:30 a.m.

The City of Covington's Alcoholic Beverage Control Board approved the application of Legend's Bar & Grill on Thursday morning.

The approval of the three-member board made up of City Manager Larry Klein, Police Chief Spike Jones, and resident Linda Carter, followed a recommendation of disapproval by zoning administrator Andy Jeungling. That's because Legend's owed more than $6,000 in unpaid property taxes and an additional amount in back occupational taxes.

That was news to owner Gary Bockweg. "I was unaware of the taxes," Bockweg said. "Those can be paid immediately."

Bockweg said that he has been an owner of Legend's for eight years but the first six of those years included what he called "a rocky partnership". For the past two years he has owned the business alone. The property at 3530 Decoursey Avenue is owned by one LLC while the business is owned by another. 

Legend's has recently added a new kitchen and full menu and is a full service bar & grill, Bockweg said. It is also attracting an older crowd that he said frequently wants to stay later. "I think we're a great thing for Latonia," he said. "We're selling three or four cases of wine a month. That's always a good sign that you're attracting the right crowd."

Since Bockweg agreed to catch up the back taxes owed to the City, the board unanimously approved the application for the extended liquor license, pending full payment.

The license applies only to the main building and Legend's banquet hall because that parcel abuts a residence.

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-Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News

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