Williston, ND (KEYZ) Williston City Commission shuts down Heartbreakers Bar on south Main by yanking the liquor license of the well known saloon that used to be a ‘boom time’ strip bar. Mayor Howard Klug tells News Radio, it was a last resort motion, however he says it follows repeated complaints of “over service”, police service calls over a four year period and plenty of warnings over disturbances out in front of the bar.
“It’s not something we wanted to do. There are people who work there and now need to look for a new source of income,” the mayor complained. Quickly recovering, the Mayor was quick to defend the City’s actions.
“There’s more to being a liquor license owner than just opening up the cash register and putting money into it! You have to be responsible. You get them “overserved”, intoxicated and your answer is to kick them out onto the streets let them fight out there and do whatever? We’re spending way too much time and resources for our police force down in that area,” says Klug.
Also, the liquor license for The Shop, across the street from Red Rock Ford, is suspended for 7 days while the owners update their letters of incorporation, dropping the name of a co-owner who has a criminal record, not previously disclosed and which would have prevented the initial issuance of a license had the city known about it.
“They have seven days to come into compliance, if they can figure out how to restructure that corporation so that this individual is not part of it then we’ll take another look at it and reissue that liquor license to the proper people that are qualified to have a license,” says Klug.
If the shop does can not restore their license after the first seven days, they will be given another seven days extension, however after that if no action is taken to restore the license it will be permanently revoked. The Mayor says he expects the owners of Heartbreakers to take the matter to court, as a next step, “since the City has ruled on the matter”.