PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Shark Bar and Grille may have to shut its doors soon.
After a court order this week, the establishment could now potentially lose its food and liquor license.
Eyewitness News spoke with Judge Michael Silverstein, who heard arguments from lawyers representing both Shark Bar and Grill and the City of Providence on Wednesday.
The city issued a petition to the courts asking for permission to lift a stay, which was put in place as part of the receivership.
The stay previously prevented the city from taking steps to allow the board of licenses to vote to remove the restaurant’s licenses.
The judge ruled to partially lift the stay — meaning the city can now move forward with trying and take the business’s licenses.
“I’m very happy that the judge approved our petition and we can move forward to void their license,” said Mayor Jorge Elorza. “This sends a strong strong message that we’re not going to tolerate any type of public corruption.”