A Key Peninsula neighborhood group has sued a local pub, contending it has become a hangout for rowdy bikers and holds loud parties that last “into the wee hours of the morning.”
Noise and other nuisances from Jimmy’s 94th Avenue Pub “interfere with the ability of surrounding residents to use and enjoy their rural residential properties,” according to the lawsuit, which was filed in Pierce County Superior Court this month on behalf of the Association to Protect Against Neighborhood Noise.
The group wants a judge to order the pub to curtail noise during late-night hours and to make sure its patrons leave its parking lot once the business closes, among other relief.
James Haskins, who owns the pub, told The News Tribune last week he intends to “answer the suit” but would prefer to work toward a compromise “that makes everybody a little bit happy.”
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“I think we run a real nice place here,” Haskins said. “We’re hoping to make it a nice little neighborhood bar with good food.”
The pub, which bills itself with the motto “Local Vibe, Local Owners,” is at 9401 State Route 302 KPN in the Wauna area.
The neighborhood group represents some property owners in the residential area surrounding nearby Horseshoe Lake.
“Residents of Horseshoe Lake live there because they are seeking rural solitude,” the lawsuit states.
The pub is infringing on that solitude, the group contends.
“Late at night and into the wee hours of the morning, loud music blasts from Jimmy’s,” the lawsuit states. “Such loud music prevents association members from sleeping and disturbs the rural atmosphere of their residences.”
Things aren’t better once the pub closes, the association argues.
“When Jimmy’s finally closes at night, intoxicated patrons linger in front of the bar and in the parking lot, laughing, talking, arguing and shrieking,” the lawsuit states. “Some patrons remain in the parking lot, revving their car engines as well as Harley motorcycle engines.”
The group contends Haskins has ignored their complaints.
Haskins denied that, saying he’s tried to work with his neighbors to address their issues. He called his patrons “a great group of customers.”
“We’re not trying to step on anybody’s toes,” he said. “We want to see it resolved.”
A court hearing is scheduled for June.