The long-simmering feud between Rice Village bocce bastion Hans’ Bier Haus and some residents of the 2520 Robinhood condo tower next door has reached the courts. The condo association and residents are now subject to a restraining order that forbids them from tossing “produce, water, or anything” onto the bar patrons below. Hans’ Bier Haus’s owners are seeking a permanent injunction and compensation for the damage and lost business caused by projectiles coming their way from the 16-story condos. And 3 Robinhood residents have apparently been planning their own civil lawsuit against the bar owners.
But as of today, the battle’s obviously become much more serious, as the story has found its way into . . . the newspaper! Writing in the Chronicle, Mary Flood adds a colorful account of a few details bar co-owner Bill Cave appears to have glossed over in the description he gave to the Houston Press — namely, how he wound up with a misdemeanor assault charge after a scuttled gig on that fateful December 13th:
The bar laid out a Sunday night holiday buffet and had Ronnie Renfrow’s 15-piece big band set to play. But water cascading from the garage rained down on patrons, the band and its electrical equipment. [Bier Haus co-owner Paul] Kellogg said a trumpet player slipped in the water and broke a finger.
Cave said in court papers that he went to the condo and was eventually successful in turning off the water at a faucet on a condo’s porch. In the process, [2520 Robinhood general manager Art] Frederick said an angry Cave took the concierge by his tie, broke his phone and forced his way up in the elevator. And they have videotape of it all, Frederick said.
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