Wednesday, April 28, 1999

Liquor licenses threatened

Council may block renewals

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — In what has become an annual ritual, Hamilton officials appear poised to declare war on liquor establishments that they say are trouble-ridden.

        “We usually do it on a yearly basis, and the city has been very successful in the past in getting bars closed or getting permit renewals denied,” said Sgt. Thomas E. Kilgour, Hamilton police spokesman. “Basically, what you're doing is putting the owner on notice that it is a nuisance, and you're trying to eliminate it.”

        At its meeting tonight, city council is to consider objecting to permit renewals for five liquor establishments:

        • The Crystal Bar, 1936 Pleasant Ave.

        • The former Buckley's Cafe, 1439 Dixie Highway.

        • The Little Store bar, 221 S. Fourth St.

        • The J&J Bar & Restaurant, 314-316 S. Third St.

        • The Town Cafe & Bar Inc., 339 Maple Ave.

        Council also intends to ask the Ohio Division of Liquor Control to conduct local hearings where evidence can be presented supporting or opposing the permit renewals.

        “For each of these establishments, we have complaints filed with police, fire, health — or all of the above,” said Councilman Richard Holzberger.

        “When you have a list of problems like that, it's time to take a look at them and see whether they are a nemesis. We just feel now's the time to ask for those permits to be revoked.”


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