A hearing will be held at 7 p.m. today on whether to
revoke the liquor license for the August Weber Haus
because of ordinance violations.
Photo by Mark Justws Graphic
CEDARBURG — A
Common Council hearing on the status of the August Weber Haus’ Class
B liquor license will be held at 7 p.m. today at Cedarburg City
Hall, W63 N645 Washington Ave.
According to a
report from the Cedarburg Police Department, numerous individuals
have been harassed or denied service at the August Weber Haus during
alleged hours of operation.
7-2-18 stipulates that establishments must be open a minimum of 15
days per calendar month, and on each of those days, the
establishment must be open for not less than 240 consecutive minutes
(four hours) to the public.
individuals from the community notified the Cedarburg Police
Department of incidents in which they attempted to patronize the
August Weber Haus during apparent hours of operation and were
videotaped/photographed and asked for their full names.
specific incident from January 2017 includes an incident in which a
patron was refused access and the door was subsequently locked,
resulting in a violation of the minimum service hours.
Algiers, attorney for August Weber Haus owners Steve and Diane Banas,
noted that this was temporarily done to “protect the safety of the
employees,” according to correspondence included in the report.
countered that the owners of the August Weber Haus have been
harassed by community members, specifically those involved in an
organization called Committee for a Safe Cedarburg.
investigation notes that community members have complained that the
establishment advertises the hours it is open on social media, yet
photographs taken during those times have shown the establishment to
be dark and the “open” sign remains off.
According to a
letter from Algiers included in the police report, the Banases
agreed to post the hours they are open on Facebook, including when
they open and when they are closing, as proof that the ordinance is
not being violated.
report notes the August Weber Haus primarily operates as a “pub” and
has discontinued full food service, limiting its menu to cheese and
alcoholic beverages except during festivals, when other menu items
establishment also continues to deal with a secondary issue in
regards to alleged continued employment of Jacob Banas, the son of
Steve and Diane Banas, who was investigated in 2014 for third-degree
sexual assault and drugging of women, though he was never formally
charged. In 2016, Banas filed a defamation suit against four women
in regards to their claims. While the employment of Jacob Banas does
not have an effect on ordinance compliance, statements from
individuals in regards to this issue are included in the police
Council is expected to go into closed session before any action is
taken at the Tuesday evening meeting. Should the Common Council vote
to revoke the license, Steve and Diane Banas would be unable to
obtain a license for 12 months from the date of revocation.