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Woodland bar closes temporarily due to liquor license suspension

A Woodland bar where a man was fatally stabbed in December will be closed for at least 30 days following temporary suspension of its liquor license.

The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control announced Wednesday that it had posted a notice of suspension at Kenny’s Bar and Grill, 721 E St. The business is prohibited from serving or selling alcohol for 30 days and the license has been placed on probation for two years, according to an ABC news release.

The suspension resulted from an investigation conducted by the ABC and the Woodland Police Department regarding ongoing disorderly operation of the business, authorities said.

Kenny Kinser, who has owned the bar and grill for 23 years, said the suspension stemmed from a fatal stabbing during a fight inside the business on Dec. 5. Kinser said he was told that police had responded to 20 calls at the bar’s location in 24 months. Kinser said he believes some of those incidents were the result of cellphone calls to police made outside the bar that were not related to anything that occurred at the establishment. One case, he said, involved a motorist who had not been at the bar but was pulled over for drunken driving in the business’s parking lot.

“I made a mistake in not taking an attorney with me,” Kinser said of the ABC hearing on the license suspension.

From January 2014 through December 2015, police were required to respond and take action at the business’s location numerous times for fights, assaults, public drunkenness and disturbing the peace, according to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control news release.

Kinser said he will close the business during the suspension period because he wouldn’t make enough on food service alone to warrant keeping the doors open. The suspension runs through April 28, he said.

Upon completion of the suspension, the ABC could move to permanently revoke the business’s liquor license if the owner allows similar levels of disorderly activity to occur at any time during the two-year probationary period, authorities said.

In 23 years of operation, Kinser said, he had never employed security personnel, but he plans to post two security guards at the door once the business reopens.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy