Bar co-owner sued over booze fires

Nov. 2, 2010 at 4:48 PM

NEW YORK, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- The co-owner of a New York club is being sued by his partner for allegedly setting alcohol ablaze on multiple occasions at the establishment.

Albert Trummer, who calls himself a "cocktail artist," is being sued by Apotheke co-owner Heather Tierney after he was charged with reckless endangerment for ignoring police orders to discontinue his practice of lighting alcohol on fire at the bar, the New York Daily News reported Tuesday.

The lawsuit claims the most recent incident involved Trummer pouring two bottles of sambuca on the granite surface of the bar and attempting to light it with a match.

"While attempting to start the fire, (Trummer) shouted that, 'If I'm going to be arrested, it's going to be for real,'" the suit states.

The lawsuit, which states Trummer's actions have put the bar's liquor license at risk, seeks to ban Trummer from the bar and force him to pay unspecified damages.

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