Kong's Tavern was cited over the weekend for being over capacity. Additionally, police issued citations and arrested a minor for using a fake ID to get alcohol.

Norman Public Safety Information Officer Sarah Jensen said the violations were discovered during two proactive projects on Campus Corner that were focused on overall safety.

The first project was in partnership with the Norman Fire Department Fire Marshal’s Office. According a report, Kong’s Tavern was determined to be significantly over capacity Friday despite proactive education and warnings from the fire marshal’s office.

James Vu, co-owner and partner at Kong's Tavern in Norman, said the bar was 51 people over the occupancy at the time, around 1:45 a.m. Friday, due to outdoor patrons rushing inside during a rainstorm.

He said bar staff started shutting everything down and encouraging people to leave, but the fire marshal arrived to address a noise complaint reported against the bar around that same time, and the bar received a ticket.

The second project, 2 Much 2 Lose, focuses on working to reduce underage drinking and underage access to alcohol.

The Norman Police Department arrested two people for public intoxication, cited seven people for minor in possession and two people for possession of a fake ID, and arrested a 17-year-old juvenile for using a fake ID to gain access and purchase alcoholic beverages.

Jensen said all Campus Corner establishments were included in the project. 

Vu said he was unaware of the arrests and citations from the police department and said the bar itself has only received a ticket for overcrowding.

Shyon Kong, another co-owner and partner of Kong's, said a managers meeting is scheduled Tuesday to address all issues and make sure all problems have been corrected.

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