Ballard’s Beach Resort wins license suspension appeal


Ballard’s has resumed operations. For now, anyway.

On Wednesday, RI’s Department of Business Regulation granted Ballard a reprieve from the suspension while it reviews the case. The suspension was handed down by the Block Island licensing board on Monday and was the result of a fight on the Block Island ferry after the Aug. 8 Reggae Fest.

However, the popular summer party venue is now due to close at 10pm while the DBR further investigates their case. Alcohol service and live music will remain.

Ballards released this statement shortly after the suspension was granted.

Ballard’s formally filed an appeal yesterday with the RI’s Department of Business Regulation (DBR) regarding the New Shoreham Licensing Board Commissioner’s unfair decision to suspend our liquor license. This afternoon, the DBR suspended the stay until a full hearing on the merits, allowing Ballard’s to reopen immediately with a full restaurant and bar menu. We are proud to be a longtime member of the Block Island community, and the safety of our guests and neighbors is paramount. We will continue to partner with the city and our fellow islanders while proudly serving our valued customers.

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