New Liquor License Comes With Demerit Points

7/18/17 – The Beaver Dam Common Council Monday night approved a liquor license for a new Mexican bar and grill. Hidalgos is opening in the former Pop’s Eatery on Madison Street, which had been on the verge of having its liquor license suspended or revoked following several turbulent private parties. Under the city’s Demerit Point Ordinance, any drinking establishment that accumulates 200 points in a rolling 18-month period could trigger a process that results in the loss of their license. Former owner Musa Hajdini closed the doors at Pop’s in the spring, but he still owns the building and is leasing to the operators of Hidalgos. The new business will inherit all of the demerits accumulated by Pop’s Eatery, 350 points in total that will not be entirely gone until August of 2018. The ordinance requires a complaint be filed by someone like the police chief before the formal license suspension or revocation process is triggered. City Attorney Mary Ann Schacht says the new operators are aware that they are starting their business with a deficit of points but have been proactively working with police to ensure there are no future issues. The liquor license goes into effect today though there is no word yet on when the business will be opening.