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Johnny’s Lounge license hearing delayed in Beaver Dam

December 6, 2018

A new date is scheduled for the hearing over the liquor license for Johnny’s Lounge.

The court-style hearing will be next Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Common Council Chambers at the Beaver Dam municipal building, 205 S. Lincoln Avenue. The bar, at 519 Madison St., will make its case to preserve its liquor license as witnesses are cross-examined and council members decide what to do next.

The hearing had been tentatively scheduled for next Monday.

Johnny’s received 230 points under the city’s demerit system after police alleged a fight resulting in injuries occurred there in June and no one from the bar reported it. Bars receive demerit points for violations such as serving alcohol to a minor. Receiving 200 points in an 18-month period can lead to a recommendation from the police department that an establishment lose its liquor license.

City Attorney Maryann Schacht will represent the city. Another attorney will represent a police officer who has to make a formal complaint and the bar will have its own representation as well.

After the hearing, the council’s Administrative Committee will make a decision about what to recommend to the full Common Council about the license. The full council will have the final say at the city level, but Johnny’s could take the council’s decision to circuit court for a review.

The council has many options beyond just taking away the license, including suspending the license or even doing nothing at all. Attempts to negotiate a settlement between the city and Johnny’s failed.

According to police, on the night in question regarding possible revocation, a man tried to intervene in a fight between another man and a woman. A third man believed to be connected to the couple then allegedly punched the intervening man, who suffered injuries to his mouth and jaw.

Police say no one from the bar contacted them about the fight and the injured man came in to see them the next day. Police said they viewed camera footage of the incident.

The man who allegedly started the fight has never been charged with a crime over the incident.

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