B-TOWN BIZ: Wah Long’s Sports Bar Closed, Liquor License Suspended
Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 24), the Washington State Liquor Control Board closed and suspended the liquor license of Wah Long’s Sports Bar, for “furnishing liquor to a minor.”
Wah Long’s, located at 15220 Ambaum Blvd. SW in Burien, is now closed, and will remain so until Wednesday, Aug. 31st, according to posted signs.
This bar has seen its share of troubles lately, the most recent being May 24th when one man was shot and another stabbed outside after a 21st birthday celebration went awry (read that story here), and another on Jan. 29th when a man was shot inside after allegedly flirting with another man’s girlfriend (coverage here).
And on June 20, a petition was filed with the Burien City Council (see p. 19 of the meeting’s PDF packet here), and signed by 38 area business owners and residents, which said in part:
“We call on the city of Burien to ask the Washington State Liquor Control Board for a non-renewal of the Wah Long sports bar’s liquor license … we further ask the city to remove the Wah Long sports bar’s business license.”
We asked the city for a reply, and Public Information Office Steve Botkin said:
“While we don’t want to get into the habit of responding to rumors, what I can tell you is the Wah Long Sports Bar’s license comes up for renewal in October and the City will be involved in the renewal process as it is with other business license renewal applications.”
Wah Long’s liquor license is up for renewal on Oct. 31st.
We have tried unsuccessfully to contact Jimmy, Wah Long’s owner, and we hope to post a followup story soon with information from him.
Here’s another photo – of the “Wah Longs Bar Rules” – posted on both the front and back doors: