4 liquor license revocation hearings held today

This morning, the Licensing & Permit Committee met, along with their attorney, Steve Cain, and his stenographer, to hold four liquor license revocation hearings.  Larry Keating, attorney, was present and spoke on behalf of two of the license holders (DSD Group, LLC, Amarjit Dhindsa, Agent (Roosevelt Oil), and Aces I, LLC, Richard Yuenkel, Agent (2901 Pub & Grub).  Keating requested that both of these be deferred until December 12th, and the committee was agreeable.  During that time, they promised to discuss resolutions to the issues with the interested parties.

Terry Rose, attorney, represented the license holder, GMR Entertainment, LLC, Jesus Paredes, Agent (LaFrontera Restaurant).  An agreement was prepared to attempt to sell the business for 60 days, which had been reviewed by Matt Knight, deputy city attorney.  If the business was not sold within that time frame, then the license would be surrendered to the city.  This agreement was rejected by the committee (after going into closed session for six minutes).  The committee chose to proceed with the revocation hearing.  Once Rose heard that the agreement was not going to be accepted, he said that the sale was the owner’s only possibility for survival.  The only way to have any opportunity to sell the business was with the proposed agreement.  Therefore, now his client “won’t pay the mortgage, or the taxes, and will just walk away and let someone else worry about it.”  Both of them then left the room.  Knight then placed all of his documentation before the committee.

Eric Colon, one of the owners of Hydrate Margarita Lounge (the old Nortap Bar) was present and spoke on his own behalf.  He surrendered his beer/liquor license, and said that, once they were ready to move forward with the project, that they would come back and re-apply.  The surrender of this license will now appear on the November 7th Common Council agenda.

In other business conducted during the meeting, there was a discussion of the orders of the Common Council regarding Gerolmo’s Tavern.  After a closed session lasting eight minutes, the committee recommended that the back door stay open until midnight, and that a fence be placed around the back door to accommodate smokers.  This order will need to be voted on by the Common Council at their November 7th meeting.

Jerry Rasmussen, owner of The Brat Stop and The Brat Stop Too,  wanted to know when he would be placed on the list to obtain a license for his establishment in the vibrant downtown area.  He stated that he had his application in since March 3, two months prior to the last licensee’s application, which was recently approved.  Chairman Ray Misner’s answer was that, once the Council completes its findings of fact, etc., that it would be placed on the following Licensing & Permit Committee’s agenda.

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