The Alcohol License Review Committee approved Thursday a stipulated agreement between the downtown bar Kollege Klub, the city of Madison and the Madison Police Department.
MPD filed a complaint against the bar, seeking a suspension or revocation of the bar’s liquor license. After a series of meetings between assistant city attorney Jennifer Zilavy and KK owner Bruce Meier, the MPD agreed to withdraw its request.
In order for the MPD to withdraw its request, Meier agreed to allow various conditions to be applied to the KK’s liquor license.
These conditions include having the bar’s liquor license suspended from Dec. 13, 2009 to January 11, 2010; using black lights for fake identification detection; increased training for staff on liquor laws; managing the line outside of its establishment; and being proactive in contacting police for violent disturbances at the bar.
The police sought punitive action against the KK during the renewal process earlier this year, but a communication breakdown among city officials let the KK off the hook.
While the police department debated waiting until the KK’s license renewal next year to take action, Zilavy said they were not comfortable with waiting that long and therefore filed the complaint now.
According to the police complaint, there have been several instances of liquor law violations since 2007, including violent disturbances, underage patrons being at the bar and selling liquor to intoxicated customers.
“It’s embarrassing, it’s humbling,” Meier said. “I completely respect the police department, the city attorney’s office and this committee. I have no one to blame but myself.”
Meier said he will take other actions not mandated by the agreement to ensure compliance with liquor laws.
For example, Meier said he will stop booking a DJ for his bar double the security staff, forgo drink specials on weekends and hire a third party company to evaluate his bar and its operations.
“Meier has been cooperative and enthusiastic about making changes,” said Sgt. Anthony Fiore, the MPD officer who filed the complaint against the KK.
Meier said he is currently the most comfortable he’s felt in dealing with the MPD, adding open communication exists with the police that was not present before.
The decision of the ALRC will be voted on by the City Council in its first meeting in September.