When will the ongoing feud between Hans’ Bier Haus and the 2520 Robinhood at Kirby condos be optioned for television? Fortunately for the scriptwriters among you busy preparing your treatments, the tale of the little open-air bar in the Rice Village and the residents of the 16-story condo tower next door who like to pour water and heave beer cans, bottles, eggs onto its patrons isn’t just a simple melodrama. It’s a simple melodrama with a rich lineup of stock supporting characters. Reporter Angela Grant introduces a few of them in her report on yesterday’s court hearing:
The helpful concierge. Reggie McGowan, the condo-building concierge Bill Cave dragged by the necktie into the elevator on the night of December 13th, had no idea what was happening, and feared the angry and shouting Bier Haus co-owner was going to bring him up to the roof and throw him off:
When the pair exited the elevator onto the 4th floor, McGowan said he heard Cave say that water was spraying the bar and he wanted to turn it off.
“I said oh, I understand. I can take care of that,” McGowan said. “I had already picked up the hose Wednesday morning of that week.”
The disgruntled former employee. Condo management company employee Alton Smith was fired on December 15th, after a confrontation with 2 of the 3 condo residents the lawsuit claims had been throwing items at the bar. Conveniently, both of those men — Mark Theusen and Richard Booker — “happen to serve on the condo association’s board of directors, which is responsible for firing decisions,” writes Grant.
The water that rained down on partygoers at Hans’ Bier Haus two nights earlier came from a hose that was connected to a spigot on a patio belonging to Robert Souders, the lawsuit’s 3rd defendant. But Smith told the court he had seen the hose in the same Bier-Haus-soaking configuration at least 2 times before that night. Writes Grant:
“Angry about his firing, Smith approached the Hans’ Bier Haus owners, told them what he knew about the incidents and he named the three defendants as the perpetrators.”
More bit parts that may soon be available:
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The clumsy lawyer. The attorney for the 3 condo-resident defendants, Gary DeSerio, tried to demonstrate that the plaintiffs had disqualified themselves from receiving help from the court because they had “unclean hands,” and had acted unethically, in part by violating city noise ordinances.
But DeSerio likely didn’t do his clients any favors with his own unsteady hands. In the middle of Bill Cave’s testimony about the water that spilled from 2520 Robinhood and flooded out the December 13th concert at Hans’ Bier Haus, the attorney knocked over a water pitcher on his desk, soaking the carpet in front of the judge.
Fortunately, DeSerio avoided the possibility of any altercation by immediately apologizing to the judge, as court staffers rushed to mop up the spill with paper towels.
The no-nonsense judge. Judge Patricia Hancock of the 113th Civil Court didn’t buy DeSerio’s argument that the behavior of the bar owners was relevant to the case, Grant indicates. And she granted a temporary injunction against the condo residents from enacting any further damage to the bar — projectile or non-projectile.
But she also went further, prohibiting any interaction at all between the condo owners and the bar owners. If anything happens between the two from here on out, cleanup will be a job for the police.
- Judge Prohibits Assaults On Hans’ Bier Haus [Instant News West U]
- Previously on Swamplot: 2520 Robinhood Vs. the Merry Men of Hans’ Bier Haus: It’s Come to This, 2520 Robinhood Torments the Beer Drinkers Next Door
Photo of Hans’ Bier Haus, 2523 Quenby St.: Jack H.