WILKES-BARRE — A judge’s ruling earlier this month essentially shut down a bar where a popular local DJ was fatally injured in a drive-by shooting last October.
Outsiders on South Main Street sought to stay open while it appealed the decision denying the renewal of its liquor license to Commonwealth Court.
Luzerne County Judge Lesa Gelb on Jan. 8 denied the bar’s request to maintain the status quo and allow it to operate pending the appeal.
An attempt to reach Louis Weihbrecht, listed as president of the licensee holder Outsiders Restaurant and Bar Inc., was unsuccessful Friday. The bar and restaurant’s phone number has been temporarily disconnected.
The bar has a history of operational violations, and they figured into the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s decision not to renew the license in March of last year.
The PLCB issued 23 violations since Outsiders opened in 2003. The license holder paid $15,100 in fines and the license was suspended for a total of 32 days since it opened for business.The license holder filed a legal challenge on April 3 to the PLCB’s decision.
While the case worked its way through the courts Michael Onley, known as DJ MO, was shot on Oct. 13 as he stood in the patio area of the bar. Onley, 34, of Madison Street, Wilkes-Barre, later died at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township. No one has been charged in the homicide and the investigation is ongoing.
On Oct. 22, Judge Gelb affirmed the PLCB’s decision, prompting the appeal on Nov. 14 and a request to stay in business while the case was heard by the Commonwealth Court.
Stacy Kriedeman, a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, said Outsiders cannot serve alcohol, but can serve food.