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City to Hold Hearing on Hookah Bar Closed After Killing

Officials say the city must hold its hearing by Sunday afternoon or Pasha Hookah Bar will be allowed to reopen

Pasha Hookah Bar
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The Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation has ruled that Providence's Board of Licenses must hold an emergency hearing on a hookah bar that has been closed since a 22-year-old was shot outside of it.

The department made the ruling Thursday.

Officials say the city must hold its hearing by Sunday afternoon or Pasha Hookah Bar will be allowed to reopen.

Under law, the license board may shut down a licensee "in the public interest" for no more than 72 hours unless notice is given of an alleged violation. The board must also allow a hearing to contest the closure.

Pasha has been closed since May 15 after Kevin Mann was shot and killed in a car outside the bar. No arrests have been made in the shooting.

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