Leitchfield restaurant Pit Road Sports Grill closed last week after its owner’s City alcohol license was revoked, according to the Leitchfield Police Department.
On Thursday, October 3, the LPD delivered Pit Road Owner William Bruno the letter formally revoking his license to serve alcohol in the City of Leitchfield based on his failure to pay City Alcohol and Restaurant taxes, according to Leitchfield Police Chief Kevin Henderson.
“A day or two later [Pit Road’s] doors were closed,” Henderson said.
Leitchfield Finance Officer Erin Embry said an initial letter had been sent to Bruno informing him that his tax account was delinquent and suspending his alcohol license until such a time as his tax payments were made.
Embry said that after working with Bruno for a period of “several months,” the City ultimately submitted a formal letter revoking his license to serve alcohol in Leitchfield.
Embry said that the City did not force Pit Road to close, and, had Bruno been able to catch up with his payments, his alcohol license could have been reinstated.
The 3% City Restaurant Tax was instated in 2010, and all revenue earned from the City Restaurant Tax goes toward funding Leitchfield Tourism, according to Embry.
The 8% City Alcohol Tax went into effect on July 1, 2011, and all revenue earned from the City Alcohol Tax is collected by the City of Leitchfield, Embry said.
Located at 961 Owensboro Road in Leitchfield, Pit Road served alcohol under the City’s Limited 100 law, which was passed on March 23, 2011, according to a previous press release from the LPD.
The Limited 100 guidelines state that in order for a restaurant in Leitchfield to serve alcohol, it must derive 70% of its total income from food, seat at least 100 people, and cannot charge a cover-charge for entry or give alcohol away, among other guidelines, according to the LPD.