Owner of Rockstar Burgers charged with assault after pistol-whipping ex-girlfriend

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Platte County prosecutors charged the owner of a West Bottoms burger restaurant known for being open 24/7 with second-degree assault and armed criminal action on Friday.

Brian D. Smith was arrested on Dec. 6 and is being held in Platte County.

Court documents allege that Smith forced his way into an apartment, where he found an ex-girlfriend with in bed with another man. Smith allegedly pistol-whipped the woman, who is not named, causing her to bleed from her head. He also fought with the man before leaving.

Smith allegedly had choked the woman before, but she had not reported it out of fear.

Judge Abe Shafer signed the warrant for his arrest and asked that he be held with no bond.

The charges come just three days after the manager of Smith's restaurant confirmed to FOX4 that they will be closing their doors for good.

Manager King Lewis, known as Chef Scratch, would not give FOX4 a  specific date. However, he did say they will continue to operate until they run out of supplies.

The burger joint sits on the corner of W. 16th and Genessee streets. KCPD said in an October interview the business has had a number of violations and troubling calls.

KCPD said the business received calls for assaults, liquor license violations and a warrant arrest in 2019 alone.

John Baccala, a spokesperson for Kansas City's Neighborhoods and Housing Services, told FOX4 in a previous interview that the restaurant had three liquor license violations including not having an employee liquor permit and not having a license posted in the their business.

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