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City council denies liquor license to Eleven Lounge


This news story was published on July 29, 2015.
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Chop and Eleven in downtown Mason City

Chop and Eleven in downtown Mason City

MASON CITY – In a heated and contentious meeting, the Mason City council denied Eleven Lounge a liquor license at its meeting Tuesday night.

The unanimous 5-0 vote was taken after much debate, a recess called by the mayor, and emotional testimony from supporters of the business and owner George Barlas.

The city has declared Eleven Lounge a safety hazard in denying the license. A notice of denial will be delivered to Mr. Barlas by Friday and he will have 30 days to appeal. The state, which truly has power over the license itself, has up to 60 days to deny the license renewal to Eleven.

Eleven lounge and the adjoining Chop Restaurant will apparently stay open as the appeal process is worked through. Sources tell NIT that an appeal is already in the works.

The liquor license denial by the council completes a rough patch for Eleven Lounge, which has remained under scrutiny for months by city hall and police for 19 “calls for service” within a yearfor alleged incidents at near, or around the business. Just this weekend, a man with a firearm was on the roof of the mall across the street, firing at people and the front of the Chop / Eleven establishment. Police named the business three times in their press release, even though he was not a customer there, was on the roof of a different business, and lived in a nearby apartment where he was arrested.

Watch video of the council meeting.

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66 Responses to City council denies liquor license to Eleven Lounge

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 2, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    Here is how you solve this problem..
    When you see one of these thugs come in you TAKE their money and serve them a week drink in a short glass.. And in the rare case the animal don’t order gin and juice, you keep a warm/outdated beer or two around to serve them..
    No need to thank me…

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 31, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    It’s simple …. Yo da thugs don’t do hockey … Yo

  3. LVS Reply Report comment

    July 30, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    @Peter Beater-If I had been behind a coward like you I would have pinched your pea brained head off like you mother should have when you were born. So, you want to post more empty threats against me do you chicken sh##? Maybe is right, everytime we tell you to bring it on you run away and that sure fits you. You have been running way from everything all your miserable, wasted life and if you know what is good for you you will run even faster. You are nothing but a gutless, bigmouth coward who is hated by everyone who has ever heard of you. A child killer has no pride and you sure are a classic example of that.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 30, 2015 at 11:09 pm

      Jesus every time I come back here LVS seems angrier and more violent in his posting. It’s sad to see a man struggling with the loss of his ideology. I know it’s hard for you to understand why the conservative agenda is a slow dying replica of the past. It’s just the way of the future. Unfortunately it’s people like LVS that will make sure Mason City isn’t part of the future.

  4. anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 30, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    @LVS, you don’t have to take that crap. Call the police and Petes mommy. Maybe she will ground him and take away his phone for not playing nice. And since it’s almost supper time, mommy will be calling him in from playing with his self to have some din din. So probably a good time to talk to mommy about her nut job kid.

  5. anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 30, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Exactly. The Park Inn is nice and eleven is gross. Nothing but a bunch if black thugs selling their stuff, and hitting on fat white girls. Dress code? Yeah right.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 30, 2015 at 11:11 pm

      So you’re pretty racist then?

      • LVS Reply Report comment

        July 31, 2015 at 8:09 am

        The real racist are the people who play the race card when ever someone disagrees with them or tells the truth. Go away racist.

      • anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 31, 2015 at 6:51 pm

        I don’t like the black people that have moved into this community to get welfare, cheap housing, and sell their drugs. I grew up in Mason City and the imports from Detroit and Chitcago are destroying this town. So if that makes me racist, oh well.

  6. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 30, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Way to go Mason City! You’re doing an excellent job of killing that town. Make sure there is nothing to do so all of the young people leave.

  7. Mint Reply Report comment

    July 30, 2015 at 3:10 am

    Eleven & Chop are competition for the government run businesses Decker House Restaurant/Bar & Frank Loyd Wright Restaurant/Bar, and the new proposed tax payer/endowed money pit Hotel/Motel planning on going up by Central Park, the problem with Eleven & Chop they are “privately” owned and have never obtained Grant $ from the government, how does a a private entrepreneur compete with government run businesses, they don’t, they get shut down, government fusing/colluding with business is bad business for individuals/David who want to have a business that may compete with government/Goliath.

  8. CrashCretin Reply Report comment

    July 30, 2015 at 1:51 am

    The police in Mason City are intimidated by the people from outside of Iowa that are moving here. It is quite sad actually.

  9. Gus Skarlis Reply Report comment

    July 29, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    I went to City Hall today and got a copy of the ordinance.

    Based on the ordinance here’s some questions the city council and police department need to answer.

    1. How is the police service fee determined. By the hour, by the officer?

    2. Was a full billing statement given to Eleven with documented times and dates of extra service required?

    3. Were any arrests made or citations issued during the extra service calls? If so, were the names of the offenders given to Eleven so they could deny them future entry?

    4. How does this misdemeanor offense end up in the city council agenda? Is this standard operating procedure for misdemeanor ordinance violations?

    5. Where is the…

  10. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 29, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    On charge and IN CHARGE !! Hahaha

  11. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 29, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    Answer: In both situations they are attempting to reduce the problems that those from Detriot and Chicago are inflicting on the community without actually meeting the problem head on. Now closing the bar down because of continued problems ect… I agree with. However, trying to target minorities by ignoring the 4th amendment and trying say we need to impound cars for minor traffic offenses so we can illegally search cars under the cover of a local ordinance is wrong. But both situations the goal of the elites was to reduce the “color ‘ problem. Be honest and deal with issues up front. Geez I should be on charge !! Hahaha

  12. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 29, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    Yes we have, and we don’t want that here.

  13. alduitman Reply Report comment

    July 29, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    You need look no further than the Park Inn to conclude the real reason behind the denial of the liquor license. This action means one less competitor for its “historic” white elephant.bar trade. Marinos is disgusting…as is your police chief.

    • LVS Reply Report comment

      July 29, 2015 at 5:51 pm

      @al-I think you have got it. That bar does not fit with the image they want downtown. I know a guy who has to go downtown at night and he tells me driving down Delaware is dangerous. They are in the street, and parking lot and call people names and challenge them when you drive down the street. That is the police’s fault because that is not in the bar.

      • OhOh Reply Report comment

        July 29, 2015 at 6:09 pm

        When I frequented MC bars, there were occasional problems but the police handled it. They just walked in, arrested a couple of people if the situation warranted it, and everyone went back to what they were doing. We could always count on a police officer walking through the bar once or twice a night. At least on the weekends. It is called preventative intervention. Maybe our police should try that.

        • LVS Reply Report comment

          July 29, 2015 at 7:17 pm

          @OhOh-I am a bit undecided. I think Barlass had plenty of opportunity to do the right thing and he ignored it as well as not paying his fines. The situation outside the bar should have been handled by the police. I hoped that helped because it didn’t convince me. I guess I am in favor although I can see the other side.

      • OhOh Reply Report comment

        July 29, 2015 at 6:11 pm

        @LVS, are you in favor of what the council did or against it? I am confused by your comments here.

      • Political Hit Reply Report comment

        July 29, 2015 at 7:47 pm

        LVS, when I was growing up scooping the loop on a weekend night brought the same level of parking lot challenges and fights. The police act like this is new for Mason City. Remember the big Albert Lea / Mason City brawls that use to occur? Chains, knives, bats, all were common place.

        • LVS Reply Report comment

          July 30, 2015 at 7:45 am

          @Political Hit-I remember it very well as I was there. When you are young you think you are bullet proof. I also remember the Old Barn Dance and the fights there and of course there was the College Inn. But, most of the fights back then were fist fights, today they bring knives and guns.

    • NIT Publisher Reply Report comment

      July 29, 2015 at 6:50 pm

      Interesting perspective, Al. Jean’s crocodile tears didn’t fool everyone.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 30, 2015 at 3:32 pm

      The Park Inn bar and Eleven are not in competition. They do not attract the same clientele, they are worlds apart as far as atmosphere and what they offer.

  14. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 29, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Question: How is the canceling of this bars liquor license and the attempt by the mayor and some at the MCPD to violate the 4th ammemndment by impounding (searching) cars for minor traffic offenses ? I know the answer …. Do you ?

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 29, 2015 at 4:48 pm

      We will need your question in the form of an actual question please.

    • LVS Reply Report comment

      July 29, 2015 at 5:46 pm

      What is the question??

  15. SHERIFF JOE Reply Report comment

    July 29, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    If I’m not mistaken the weekend when 11’s was closed Wiseguys had all kinds of trouble so look out other bars the hood will be visiting you soon. Be firm and remember YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE SERVICES.

  16. Sheriff Joe Reply Report comment

    July 29, 2015 at 11:59 am

    the goon on the roof has nothing to do with 11’s bar, it’s the blacks and wanna be blacks that are causing all the trouble. Most are imports that have lots of drug money and have no respect for others, just looking for some white women to PORK. Trust me I’m not against any race, color, or religion just think of the past, alley katz, that place at the lake, south bridge lounge, the common denominator is young black hoods looking for trouble.

  17. Peter Children Reply Report comment

    July 29, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Shades of Nuremburg

    • Spock Reply Report comment

      July 29, 2015 at 6:15 pm

      Ok Peter….. please elaborate. Nuremburg metaphor?

  18. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 29, 2015 at 9:09 am

    This is a bigger problem than a bar owner not paying fines. Had it been about that, there would have been NO NEED for further discussion in recess. This is a failure of our police force and city council. I don’t want bar workers taking on violent patrons, that is the job of the police. If the police don’t want to do their jobs, address that problem because it will only get worse.

    • LVS Reply Report comment

      July 29, 2015 at 9:19 am

      @Anonymous-You sound like a police hater. It looks to me like they just did their job. They shut down a trouble spot in town. I bet you would change your tune if the thugs lived in your neighborhood.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 29, 2015 at 9:35 am

        It is the job of the police to maintain public safety. It sounds like you haven’t been in a bar after 8pm since the smartphone was invented. For a moment pretend one of your kids or grandkids has to work in a bar at closing time. Are they responsible for dealing with a violent patron (who is breaking the law) or is it the job of the police?

        • LVS Reply Report comment

          July 29, 2015 at 9:58 am

          @Anonymous-I can guarantee you that I have been in more bars and more country’s than you can count. One thing has never changed is the owners or their representative is responsible to keep order and obey the laws. That may be evicting someone or just calling the police. If they do that on a consistent basis they will maintain order and improve their business. No decent man wants to subject his wife or girl friend to a dangerous atmosphere. You need to grow up and take responsibility. Must be a liberal. Everything is someone else’s fault..

          • Reality Check

            July 29, 2015 at 10:16 am

            Historically the “Bar Keep” is the captain of the ship and in charge of law and order in the establishment. Remember Miss Kitty on Gunsmoke. She kicked a$$ and took no prisioners.

          • Anonymous

            July 29, 2015 at 10:20 am

            I can guarantee I can count higher than that. YOU need to get with the times. I don’t think when you went to bars, redbull and vodka had been invented, people didn’t use meth or bath salts. I don’t think you know what you are talking about any longer. I think you should only speak about subjects you know about and not known about in the past. You need to quit pretending to be an expert on things you don’t know about. If we wan’t your opinion, we will look it up in the history books.

          • LVS

            July 29, 2015 at 1:11 pm

            @Anonymous-you would have to learn how to read first and then you would have to get your head out of your butt before you suffocate. All bars have a right to refuse service to anyone who has had to much to drink and is unruly. You must be a stoner who is totally brain dead because you sure don’t know anything. Just another dumb a$$ dopper.

          • Anonymous

            July 29, 2015 at 1:42 pm

            What are you talking about old man? I can read AND write! I can definitely use the words to and too in the correct way unlike you. I also guarantee you take more drugs on a daily basis than I take in a whole month. Careful who you call “doper” you hypocrite. You know it’s possible to over serve someone and not realize it until it is too late? Get a life and quit telling us about the good old days when you allegedly had one. Have fun with your bird feeders and stamp collection.

          • LVS

            July 29, 2015 at 3:44 pm

            Go change your diaper you punk dopper. You are so wet behind the ears you have to change your panties 5 times a day. Punks like you who have been no where or done anything should be locked up until they grow up. What a idiot.

          • CrashCretin

            July 30, 2015 at 1:47 am

            LVS, every post you make just makes you sound more ignorant than the last. I seriously come to this site just to read your posts. Somebody should collect all of them and put them on a website for everybody to read. It’s free entertainment. Thanks old man.

          • anonymous

            July 30, 2015 at 2:30 am

            What I find entertaining is someone with no job, no life, no friends, playing bop the bologna in their car that is also used as a toilet. At this point I don’t think it can even be considered a car, no seats, no windows, no gas tank, it’s just nothing. Just like it’s owner.

          • Zero

            July 30, 2015 at 6:58 am

            ZERO. I like that. As in Zero emissions. As in Zero tailpipe noise. You’re on to something. Meditate on that for awhile as you spy on me with infatuation and envy.

          • LVS

            July 30, 2015 at 7:49 am

            @Zero-well you finally got your name right. You are a “ZERO” a naught with a hole in it, a nothing and a waste of time and space. With any luck that piece of junk you are working on will fall on you you piece of crap.

          • anonymous

            July 30, 2015 at 9:19 am

            Zero, perfect name. And no sorry Zero….no envy or infatuation. Why would anyone envy you? A 40 years old man who lives at home with his mommy. His mommy has to support and feed him. What I feel is pity, for your mother. So, run along now and go play with yourself in that thing you call a car. Mommy will call for you when it’s dinner time.

          • anonymous

            July 30, 2015 at 9:21 am

            Vroom! !!!! Vroom!!!!!

          • Anonymous

            July 30, 2015 at 10:00 am

            Zero commitment, Zero comprehention, Zero accountability, Zero contributions, Zero coping skills, I could go on all day but I don’t have Zero things to do.

          • The Flower

            July 30, 2015 at 10:01 am

            LVS, you have cemented your spot in hell. There should be no doubt in the public’s mind as to how mean, and evil a human being you truly are. May God have mercy on your soul.

          • U-boat

            July 30, 2015 at 10:33 am

            You’re sick Anglo-Germanic people who are cutthroat and with animus towards people and things you don’t understand. It’s not 11 bar which should leave town. It’s YOU.

          • anonymous

            July 30, 2015 at 11:10 am

            No Zero. You should leave. You especially should leave this site as you were asked to do many many times. And you should leave town. Oh, that’s right, you already did that, and had to come crawling back home to mommy. Another fail, you couldn’t make it out in the world without mommy supporting you. Now run along Zero.

          • Absalom

            July 30, 2015 at 1:32 pm

            I ask God to have mercy on your soul LVS, because I know how karma works. At some point in the future you may be finding yourself crushed by a heavy object and it is then when your statement here will be remembered by you, if only for a moment before you become unconscious. I hope God considers you are s cantankerous old man who is not in his right mind, so that your karma may be absolved and not carried thru. Being crushed is a horrible way to die.

          • Old Dog

            July 30, 2015 at 2:06 pm

            LVS, we all know you are a coward when it boils down to it. But answer me this question: were you sitting in front of me at Tuesday’s city council meeting, and then you stood behind me off to my left the whole time when you realized it was me? You had biker clothing on, around early seventies or late sixties with a small head, scowl, and goatee wraparound beard sandy hair grayed over. I snapped a photo of you. My gut instinct told me it was you.

          • LVS Sighting?

            July 30, 2015 at 2:17 pm

            Is this the nasty LVS of NIT?

          • anonymous

            July 30, 2015 at 3:20 pm

            Run along Zero. You’re not welcome here. Why can’t you seem to figure that out?

          • Anonymous

            July 30, 2015 at 3:28 pm

            You threaten me or anyone at my house and your time on planet earth is up.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 29, 2015 at 4:01 pm

      BULL! The cops aren’t a bar’s nanny. YOU served them YOU babysit them. It’s called crowd control. Bar owner set the atmosphere and rules. Rif raf wouldn’t come in or get rowdy if they knew they couldn’t. I’m sick of the Barlas family thinking they can just serve people till they fall off a stool and take their money then think they have no responsibility beyond that. WRONG! They owe it to the rest of the public to see that their patrons behave or make them leave! But as true to form as they have always done, the Barlas family just worships that God Almighty $. They’ve served minors for yrs.. Starting with the old man at the…

      • anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 30, 2015 at 2:36 am

        I have to agree. The bar owners and bartenders are responsible when they over serve people. They are responsible for what happens on their sidewalks when their patrons leave. But I also agree with the posts that the imports are a big problem in this town. The owners at eleven allowed these people to take over their place of business and make it a place for drugs and fighting. They didn’t want to turn them away, so now they’re paying the price.

  19. LVS Reply Report comment

    July 29, 2015 at 7:54 am

    He was denied his license because he ignored the two previous warnings and fines. He ignored the law and thought he could get away with it. He is no different than anyone else. He must obey the law.

    • Reality Check Reply Report comment

      July 29, 2015 at 8:27 am

      Agreed! The council grew a pair and finally enforced the law. Even Queen Jean stepped up to the plate. Lets hope this trend continues and that they take the same hard line position on slum lords and other issues that plague our community.

      • LVS Reply Report comment

        July 29, 2015 at 8:39 am

        @Reality-while I support their decision in this matter, I must say our mayor is a card carrying, practicing jerk. But, we already knew that.

  20. Kim Jelly 12 Reply Report comment

    July 29, 2015 at 7:30 am

    Recently on the 11 Facebook wall, they asked, “Turn down for what?” I guess they received the answer to that question. They scrubbed that post.

  21. Sheriff Joe Reply Report comment

    July 29, 2015 at 6:43 am

    Ok so alley katz was closed due to the fights now 11’s my guess is the next spot will be the bar wise guys. these same people (imports from other cities) will just move to another bar. Every bar needs to hire some bad ass bouncers and get some really good insurance and let the bouncers thump these black asses and wanna be black asses. This shit has been happening a long time, just back in the day the bars like stoned toad, bruisers had some pretty good owners that let the bouncers do their thing.

  22. mint Reply Report comment

    July 29, 2015 at 1:03 am

    Ridiculous, in my view the people who were fighting are going to fight where ever they are, there is no reason Eleven should have been denied a liquor license.