WAUKESHA - Serving
alcohol to two underage customers and then, according to police,
the owner becoming unruly with police officers have cost
Kicker’s Pub & Grub a 10-day liquor license suspension, but the
owner’s wife - and at least one council member - believe the
business is being singled out.
Tuesday night the
Common Council voted 8-5 in favor of the 10-day suspension,
which should commence no later than 30 days from now.
This is the
first time in 10 years the council has discussed suspending a
liquor license, and several other establishments have had more
than one failed compliance check - a fact not lost on council
members like Cory Payne who called for consistency in handling
similar situations in the future.
Alderman Steve Johnson said it was about more than just serving
to underage customers.
compliance checks in a year are enough for a complaint and to
have their license suspended, but this went above and beyond
that,” Johnson said.
More than a
dozen people spoke in favor of the bar, with several saying that
a 10-day sentence seemed too harsh given the alleged offenses.
the Ordinance & License Committee voted to recommend that the
Common Council hand down a 10-day suspension for Kicker’s Pub &
Grub, located at 1726 South West Ave., after police said the bar
served alcohol to undercover minor volunteers on two occasions,
and that bar owner Darrel Radmer became loud and boisterous with
officers and threatened to post the under-21 volunteers’ photos
on the Internet.
Stacy Radmer told the Common Council that on one of the
occasions it was the bartender, not her husband, who served the
Police Department’s underage volunteers, and that the bartender
was subsequently fired from Kicker’s.
She also said
that she believes the business and even her family is being
personally targeted by police, who she said have pulled over her
husband on eight different occasions.
“I can’t tell
you how we’ve suffered from this,” Stacy Radmer said. “I feel
like what’s going on isn’t fair. It isn’t fair at all.”
Payne and Alderman Roger Patton suggested a compromise of
putting off a decision for several weeks to give Kicker’s some
time to work with law enforcement to make things right and come
up with a plan to avoid problems in the future.
Alderman Aaron Perry said no hand-shake and apology is going to
change what happened.
Kathleen Cummings said she doesn’t believe everything that could
be done has been done for all parties.
believe this business is being singled out,” she said.
appeal the decision within 30 days.
How they voted
Motion: To suspend Kicker’s liquor
license for 10 days
Ald. Steve Johnson
Ald. Roger Patton
Ald. Daniel Manion
Ald. Roger Bartels
Ald. Chris Hernandez
Ald. Terry Thieme
Ald. Joan Francoeur
Ald. Aaron Perry
Ald. Eric Payne
Ald. Cory Payne
Ald. Andy Reiland
Ald. Adam Jankowski
Ald. Kathleen Cummings