Just hours after Rhythm and Brews cut the ribbon for its grand opening, a large group of people took a fight that started in the bar out into the street.
It happened around 12:30 a.m. Saturday. At least one person was taken by ambulance to the hospital after he was cut by a broken bottle, and several people were arrested.
"Any time you have any kind of activity where alcohol is involved, there has a tendency for people to get hot headed at times," said Capt. Jeff Lewis of the Meridian Police Department.
And that is exactly what owner Bradley Wyatt says happened. According to Wyatt, this is the first bar of its kind in Meridian and the excitement proved to be too much for some guests to handle.
But Wyatt assured local residents that fighting will not be tolerated. He says when you have hundreds of people in a packed building, altercations can happen.
As for police presence while the bar is open, Capt. Lewis says Rhythm and Brews will be patrolled just like all the other establishments in town.
"We are not going to do anything different than we would with any other location within the city limits of the city of Meridian," Lewis said.
Currently the bar employs six or seven security guards every night it's open, but Wyatt says more will be hired if necessary.
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