A little after 10 this morning, King County Superior Court Judge Rod Simmons ruled that the service of liquor at Conor Byrne in Ballard does not

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The Caseys v. Conor Byrne

A Ballard pub prevails.

A little after 10 this morning, King County Superior Court Judge Rod Simmons ruled that the service of liquor at Conor Byrne in Ballard does not violate the terms of the pub's lease with its landlords, celebrity chef Kathy Casey and her husband, John.

Despite an hour of barely intelligible legal bloviating between the two parties' respective attorneys (Exhibit A for the defense was this article), the judge's ruling came down to a simple interpretation of the term "tavern/restaurant," as spelled out in the lease. In the judge's opinion, this term does not prohibit the sale of hard liquor, and therefore the pub's owner, Kathleen Kinder of Mud Cove Inc., was cleared of allegations of unlawful detainer, which would have forced her to immediately surrender her historic Ballard Avenue pub to the Caseys.

Interestingly, Judge Simmons noted that had the lease read "tavern-restaurant" instead of "tavern/restaurant," he may have seen things differently, thus making the slash in Kinder's lease probably the most important slash in the history of Ballard bar brawls.

 
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