Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The Four Mules Reject Skybox--Again

The mayor and the City Council voted against
renewing the Skybox Bar and Grill's food sales license Monday, saying the
business would be a "nuisance" in the mostly residential Frenchtown
neighborhood. It was the second time the city's municipal officers voted the
license down, and the latest event in a nine-month battle between City Hall and
the Skybox's new owners, Allen and Lynn Moore. The Moores now hope that a judge
will order the city to grant the license, which the state requires for all bars.
They said the city is holding them to an unfair standard because the bar had
earned a reputation for rowdiness under past owners.
In the now-familiar 4-4 blocs, Councilors Aube (D-Ward 4), Gattine (D-Ward 2), O'Hara (R-At Large), and Rielly (D-Ward 1) voted against the licensing, while Mayor Chuluda (R) and Councilors Cramer (R-Ward 3), Foley (D-At Large), and Joyce (D-Ward 5) favored a renewal of Skybox's licensing.

- John C.L. Morgan

Related: Will City Council Reverse Skybox Vote? (May 4, 2009)

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