Since Tiki Barge shares a liquor license with Sorso Cafe and the restaurant Tabrizi's, all three businesses will not be able to serve alcohol for 30 days, pending an appeal.
The Tiki Barge, which opened last Memorial Day at the end of a dock in the Inner Harbor, drew ire from neighbors late in the summer. About 40 neighbors signed a petition accusing the bar's customers of public urination, nudity and "simulated sex with a potted palm tree," among other offenses.
Fogleman called the decision difficult. "I like the Tiki Barge," he said.
When the bar applied for its license last year, its lawyer gave the liquor board a letter of approval from a "community group" that was actually controlled by a developer, Fogleman said in a Twitter message. The lawyer also implied the bar would cater primarily to residents, which it hasn't, according to Fogleman.
"Going forward, we like the tiki barge," he wrote. "The penalty was for past misrepresentations and initial lax security."
The bar has 30 days to appeal the decision. The suspension could be overturned if the Tiki Barge owners reach an agreement with neighborhood residents, Fogleman said.