A bar owner's responsibility shouldn't stop at the sidewalk
There is a larger, more important issue with the whole Suite Ultralounge saga: It shouldn't have gone this far in the first place.
It shouldn't have come down to the liquor board revoking the license, or a judge ruling over whether or not the liquor board had the proper authority to shutter the club.
Louis V. Wood, Suite's owner, should have stopped this violence as soon as it started -- whether it was inside or outside his bar ...
Take Club One, for example. Several months ago, two patrons were shot outside the downtown club. To prevent further violence, the club hired bouncers with bullet-resistant vests and flex cuffs to pat down customers and patrol the area outside the club. They made sure club goers didn't congregate long outside the building, according to a piece by Sun reporter Peter Hermann (read his blog, Baltimore Crime Beat, here).
That's an extreme case of club owners taking things into their own hands. But that sounds like what was necessary at Suite Ultralounge soon after it opened. Instead, we got a spate of violence.
If customers are causing a ruckus inside a bar or club, the owners need to cut them off and threaten to ban them from coming back. If violence happens outside a bar or club, the owners need to hire enough security to keep the peace. It's as simple as that.
Otherwise, the bar or club needs to be firmly and swiftly punished. To that end, it's a shame this hasn't happened with Suite Ultralounge. I hope for the sake of neighborhood residents and the non-violent patrons of this club that Suite Ultralounge is shut down before someone dies.