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State of Iowa files complaint against Tailgaters bar for serving alcohol with no license



This news story was published on September 4, 2016.
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Mason City police at Tailgater's Bar, on the evening of July 21, 2016

Mason City police at Tailgater’s Bar, on the evening of July 21, 2016

MASON CITY – Tailgaters bar in Mason City is in hot water with the state of Iowa after allegedly serving alcohol without a license.

On September 1, the Iowa Department of Public Safety, pursuant to authority granted in Iowa Code section 123.14, made the following complaint against Tailgaters bar, located at 627 South Federal Avenue in Mason City. Iowa Code sections 123.39 and 123.50 authorize the Administrator of the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division to impose civil penalties, including suspension or revocation of a liquor control license or beer permit, against any licensee/permittee who violates any of the provisions of Iowa Code chapter 123.

On or about July 21, 2016, Tailgaters bar or an employee or agent of Tailgaters bar allowed the sale or consumption of alcoholic liquor, wine, or beer on the licensed premises while Tailgaters bar’s liquor license was suspended in violation of Iowa Code sections 123.2, 123.3(41), and/or 123.59; and 185 Iowa Administrative Code section 4.27.

Back on Wednesday, July 21, the Iowa Alcohol and Beverage agency asked Mason City police to serve an immediate liquor license suspension to Tailgaters Bar.

“We did so around 1:30 PM, including us taking physical possession of the liquor license,” police explained.

However, Tailgaters Bar apparently thought that they could still serve booze without the license – but police were not fooled.

That night, around 9:00 PM, “one of our officers noticed they were serving alcohol and we had not been notified that the suspension had been lifted,” police told NIT. “Owners and employees were questioned about serving alcohol without a valid liquor license in violation of the suspension that had just been issued a few hours prior. Officers told them this new violation was being reported to the Iowa Alcohol and Beverage agency and they must stop selling alcohol until the prior suspension had been resolved. Staff agreed to comply.”

The state complaint is a result of that alleged violation.

Police said in the wake of the complaint that they are not directly involved in those proceedings and the state process will now take over.

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9 Responses to State of Iowa files complaint against Tailgaters bar for serving alcohol with no license

  1. Foma Kiniaev Reply Report comment

    September 18, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    According to one of the owners; if the state is investigating Tailgaters, its a super secret.

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 5, 2016 at 7:49 am

    Bookmeyer own stock in a competing bar ?

  3. Allen Reply Report comment

    September 4, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    How’s that Karma working out now.

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 4, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    Shut it down. Bunch of damn drunks. Fights and crap going on all the time.

    • Daniel Blackcloud Reply Report comment

      September 4, 2016 at 5:15 pm

      Selling too much firewater to the white man…

      • George Crook Reply Report comment

        September 4, 2016 at 7:17 pm

        Sounds like a racist remark there Blackcloud.

        • Daniel Blackcloud Reply Report comment

          September 5, 2016 at 12:09 pm

          A racist observation perhaps …

          • George Crook

            September 5, 2016 at 3:26 pm

            How

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        September 8, 2016 at 4:48 pm

        They are getting drunker than 100 Indians down there.