Nearly 13 months after winning its Class B-3 liquor license, the , will find itself defending that license for a second time before the St. Charles Liquor Commission.
Mayor Donald DeWitte said in an email Friday that the Alibi is scheduled to appear before the Liquor Commission on March 4, the same day , is scheduled to appear on two unrelated incidents. The Liquor Commission meets at 4:30 p.m.
The Alibi has been cited in connection with a Jan. 13, 2013 incident in which police were called to the establishment at 12:58 a.m. on a report of a woman vomiting in the bathroom. What police found was a woman on the floor surrounded by a pool of vomit, according to the report on the incident. The officer called for paramedics, and the woman began vomiting again when they arrived to check on her on her, and she was transported to a local hospital.
As a result of that incident, the Alibi has been cited with permitting an intoxicated person to loiter on the premises, and with serving liquor to an intoxicated person.
The two citations are key to the City Council’s stance that over-serving patrons has played a key role in the alcohol-related problems experienced in the downtown area. The problems have included drunken brawls, public drunkenness and public urination.
Police reports over the past eight months have highlighted various instances of these issues, which included an assault on a police officer last summer and another instance in which police used a Taser to detain one drunken individual who became combative. But other incidents have included women being harassed by drunken men, individuals passing out in parking lots or other public areas, and people and officers encountering individuals urinating on sidewalks, buildings and in parking lots. In addition, there have been complaints from residents and businesses about urine and vomit on sidewalks and in doorways.
The Alibi, which was granted its liquor license in early February 2012, fell under police scrutiny in mid-September after other bar owners complained that it was giving away free drinks as part of a promotion that was advertised on handbills and signs. Giving away free drinks for commercial purposes, and advertising such an activity are both prohibited by the state liquor code. The Alibi was fined $1,000 for the violations.
- Feb. 7, 2012: St. Charles Approves Liquor License for New Downtown Establishment
- Sept. 19, 2012: St. Charles Police Target the Alibi
- Oct. 29, 2012: St. Charles Fines Two Bars Over Liquor Violations
- Nov. 6, 2012: St. Charles Council Casts Jaundiced Eye on Downtown Bars
- Feb. 14, 2013: Beehive Cited in Connection to St. Charles DUI Crash
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