West Sports Bar temporarily shuttered

WHEELING — A few months after Ye Olde Alpha in Woodsdale closed its doors to look for greener pastures, owner Charlie Schlegel’s next venture, the West Sports Bar at Stratford Springs, was quashed this week.

On Tuesday, Schlegel said the eatery had been shut down when State Police and Alcohol Beverage Control Administration liquor inspector had been called in, apparently in response to “outdoor entertainment” being held at the West Sports Bar, which Schlegel said had been a cornhole bean bag toss board.

“Someone reported us, and that’s why they came up. They came in and they went to our outside deck, and said we were serving people inside, and that was in violation of the governor’s ordinance, and so they shut us down,” Schlegel said.

Schlegel said that the West Sports Bar’s business license had been suspended for 10 days, which he would be appealing. The WVABCA had not responded to the appeal by the end of the day Friday.

Schlegel took over management at the West earlier this year, after the Ye Olde Alpha building on Carmel Road was purchased by Anthony “Herk” Sparachane and closed in early January due to a water leak in the basement. As of Friday, Schlegel has plans to reopen Ye Olde Alpha at a new location near Stratford Springs at a future date.

The West Sports Bar, formerly known as the Wild West, dropped the “Wild” several years ago in accordance with state law regarding what businesses featuring video lottery machines may be named, Schlegel said.

Ohio County Magistrate Court records indicate that Schlegel was cited for violation of a government order and that he was given 15 days to respond to the citation.


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