CORDOVA, TN (WMC-TV) - The Fox and Hound's Cordova location re-opened Monday after a company executive appeared in a Memphis courtroom.
Company vice president John Cameron appeared in front of Judge Larry Potter to address the restaurant's closure for selling illegal drugs.
Cameron, in visiting Memphis from the company's headquarters in Kansas, would not comment to the media, but promised inside the courtroom that things would change at the restaurant.
In court, Potter gave the pub the okay to reopen.
"Only the court can close places like this, and only the court can re-open places like them," he said.
But Potter gave Cameron a scolding.
"For Memphis to be a great city we cannot have businesses which do not conduct themselves in the way allegedly the Fox and Hound Cordova did," he said.
Potter was cautious before giving his okay. His deciding factor was the cooperation from the company's management.
"I will consent to reopen because of the way you have conducted yourselves," he said.
There are strings attached to Fox and Hound's reopening. Among the requirements, the company must terminate all employees involved in the alleged drug dealing. All remaining employees must complete a class with regard to drug prevention and use. And, company management must re-imburse law enforcement $1,250 for costs incurred during the investigation.
Potter said Fox and Hound management would be called back to court in three weeks to update him on the pub's training progress.
The restaurant will remain under court supervision for a year.
"Memphis is obviously a good place to do business, but to do business the right way," Assistant District Attorney Paul Hagerman said. "They seem committed to that. But if not, we have a hammer over them - the court has a hammer over them - and we'll be back here and take care of business."