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Platteville council renews liquor licenses, except one

POSTED June 19, 2012 3:51 p.m.

PLATTEVILLE — In November, the Platteville Common Council passed an ordinance intended to prevent holders of unused Class B liquor licenses from not using those liquor licenses in active businesses.

On June 12, the Common Council decided to not renew one of the city’s three unused licenses, held by Thomas Herbst of Dubuque, the former owner of the Holiday Bar, 45 N. Second St.

Herbst’s bar has been closed since April 2011, when the building owner announced the Holiday’s lease wasn’t going to be renewed.

The building is in a foreclosure proceeding with Dubuque Bank & Trust. Yag Jha and Regina Pauly are in the process of buying the building “subject to receipt of the liquor license by the buyer,” said Michael Kielty of Heartland Financial, DB&T’s parent company.

Jha, who has worked as a chef in Milwaukee, Madison, Galena, East Dubuque and Wisconsin Dells, plans to open a restaurant in the building. Kielty said the sale should be finalized after Aug. 8, and the business will be ready to open “30 or 60 days after that.”

City Attorney Brian McGraw said the former Holiday Bar met all the conditions to have its liquor license revoked, in not having been open for more than a year and not having any provisions for a bar to operate, including having a building or accounts with alcohol distributors.

The Common Council first considered two of the three unused liquor licenses at a special meeting May 31. The council decided against not renewing the liquor license held by Parking Spaces LLC for the former Timbers restaurant.

Herbst claimed he should not be subject to the ordinance because it was passed after his bar closed.

“Given the position I was put in, and I tried my darnedest to put this together … I’m sure I can find a new location by August,” but not by June 30, when the license expires, said Herbst.

“The conditions in the ordinance give specific time periods,” and Herbst had a year to find a new location, said McGraw.

The Common Council approved all but one liquor license and all of the operators’ licenses submitted for approval at the meeting. That includes the former Timbers restaurant license.

The liquor license that wasn’t approved, for Cinco de Mayo, 1350 E. Business 151, was listed in the wrong category of license. That license is likely to be approved at the council’s next meeting Tuesday.

Liquor licenses that were approved include:

Class A beer and liquor: Aldi, Dollar General, Hartig Drug, Platteville Shell, Big Kmart, Spirits Unlimited, Ashley’s Market, Piggly Wiggly, Stop-N-Go, Walgreens, Walmart, WineDown on Main.

Class B beer and liquor: Becker & Zmina Holdings LLC, Boondocks Saloon, Red N Deb’s Bar & Grill, Chicago’s Best, Char-Bar, Brothers on Second, Cameraderie, School Girlz, Wedige’s Badger Bar, Fiesta Cancun, Pizzeria Uno, The Annex, Orville T’s, Las Palmas, Parking Spaces LLC, Pioneer Lanes, Country Kitchen, Platteville Elks Lodge 1460, The Ticket Bar & Grill, Big Jim’s, Steve’s Pizza Palace, VFW Club Bar Grill.

Class A beer: Jeff’s Mini Mart, Kwik Trip.

Class B beer: China Buffet, Los Amigos.

Class B beer and Class C wine: Asian Café, Pizza Hut, Take 2.

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