Future Of Johnny’s Lounge Liquor License To Be Decided In December

(Beaver Dam) The fate of the liquor license for a Beaver Dam tavern will be decided at a hearing scheduled next month. That date was agreed upon Monday night when the city’s Administrative Committee received an update from the city attorney on the revocation hearing for the liquor license of Johnny’s Lounge.

In the months since a June closing time fight at the Madison Street bar, city officials have seen failed negotiations, the rejection of a recommendation to revoke the license and a revisiting of that rejection. In September, the committee overturned that previous vote paving the way for a license revocation hearing.

City Attorney Mary Ann Schacht says Beaver Dam’s Demerit Point Ordinance for liquor license violators is allowed under state statute. The city’s Administrative Committee will hear testimony at a hearing with witnesses, examination and cross examination before formulating a decision. That decision will then go to the full common council for a determination to revoke, suspend or dismiss.

The owner of Johnny’s Lounge rejected a previous offer to close for three days. If their license is suspended with this action it would be for a minimum of ten days and a maximum of 90 days. Revocation would be for one year before being able to reapply. The hearing will be held on December 10 at 6:30pm. The liquor license holder would have the option of appealing the decision in circuit court.