A Birmingham city centre bar forced to close after a man had an eye gouged and ear sliced off in a violent brawl has been told it must remain shut until a new licence holder is approved by the police.
Havana Panama and Cuva in Gas Street was the scene of a fight in the early hours of the morning on September 11.
Police secured an emergency closure order after the unnamed victim was knocked to the floor and severely beaten.
He was taken to hospital by taxi while his detached ear was placed in an ice bucket by bar staff and also sent to the hospital in a second taxi.
Members of the city council licensing sub-committee agreed to lift the temporary suspension of the licence but accepted a police request to impose stringent conditions on the bar, also known as the Panama Bar, in future.
The building will remain closed until agreement can be reached on a future manager.
Owner Gerald Pountney told the sub-committee that he allowed sub-contracted managers to run Havana and was shocked at what happened.
He plans to turn the venue into a jazz club and re-open later this year.
Mr Pountney said: “I am appalled at what occurred.”
But he admitted having no “active day to day control”.
He added: “How can you stop anyone having a fight?. You can’t really stop it, just try to prevent it.”
Adrian Curtis, appearing for Mr Pountney, said the style of the premises would completely change, adding that the type of music played in the past tended to attract troublemakers.
He added: “There is lots of work to be done. A complete new brand will be created.”
He accepted a condition set by licensing chiefs that police should have a veto of the appointment of the bar’s next premises licence holder.
Part of the hearing was conducted in private after police licensing officer Pc Abdul Rohomon said he wanted to give evidence about inquiries into “serious criminality” arising from the fight.
Pc Rohomon said he was not objecting to Mr Pountney continuing to own the premises but had “serious issues” about the way leasing of the bar in the past.