NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - A judge could soon decide the fate of two Waterside bars, Have ANice Day Cafe and Bar Norfolk.
The city closed the businesses down last week for sellingalcohol without a city issued permit, or so-called specialexception.
During a hearing on Tuesday an attorney for the city said whatthe bars did amounted to "a vigilante approach to the law." Thebars operated within hours after the City Council voted to revoketheir ability to serve liquor.
But attorneys for the bars argue the establishments were wellwithin their rights to operate because their alcohol license isissued by the State ABC Board, and the bars had no prior knowledgeof City Council's plans.
The hearing is expected to continue on Wednesday as the judgeplans to take up two lawsuits filed by the bars and the city overtheir shutdown.
About a 120 people are employed by Bar Norfolk and Have A NiceDay Cafe.
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