Council votes to suspend Kicker’s liquor license for 10 days
Owner’s wife: ‘It isn’t fair at all’

By Sarah Pryor - Freeman Staff

March 19, 2014

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.

However, Alderman Steve Johnson said it was about more than just serving to underage customers.

“Two failed 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.

Last month, 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.

Radmer’s wife 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.”

Alderman Eric 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.

However, Alderman Aaron Perry said no hand-shake and apology is going to change what happened.

Alderwoman Kathleen Cummings said she doesn’t believe everything that could be done has been done for all parties.

“I really believe this business is being singled out,” she said.

Kicker’s can appeal the decision within 30 days.

How they voted

Motion: To suspend Kicker’s liquor license for 10 days

YES

Ald. Steve Johnson

Ald. Roger Patton

Ald. Daniel Manion

Ald. Roger Bartels

Ald. Chris Hernandez

Ald. Terry Thieme

Ald. Joan Francoeur

Ald. Aaron Perry
 

NO

Ald. Eric Payne

Ald. Cory Payne

Ald. Andy Reiland

Ald. Adam Jankowski

Ald. Kathleen Cummings

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