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After Settlement, Sixth Street Bar to Reopen Next Week

After a settlement with the Monroe City Council, the Sixth Street Bar can now open for business.
MONROE -- After a settlement with the Monroe City Council, the Sixth Street Bar can now open for business.

The city council denied the bar a liquor license renewal in December, which forced the business to close.


City councilman Ray Armstrong said the license was denied because of ongoing problems with noise, parking and safety concerns.

Neal says the bar is within a commercial area, and has been operating as a bar serving alcohol since 1943.

Neal said his client bought the bar last May from a previous owner, thus inheriting existing problems and run ins with the council. The bar's ownership has passed through many hands over its 30 years of business, according to Neal and city leaders.

Neal said the council gave his client a list of requirements in dealing with the safety, noise, and parking complaints. He said his client put more money into the facility to meet these requirements, and even marketed the bar to an older crowd.

Armstrong cited the law that formed the basis for denying the liquor license as, "If any retail dealer has conducted, operated or permitted the place of business so as to become a dive, disorderly place or nuisance...an application for the renewal of the license or permit hereafter may be refused...Immoral sexual purpose so as to disturb the peace."

Armstrong said there was drunkenness, public urination and trespassing in neighbor's yards.

Shortly after the liquor license was denied, the bar filed a lawsuit against the city for the unlawful decision to withhold the alcohol permit.

The bar owner's attorney, Mark Neal, says they reached an agreement with the city -- just a day before the trial -- which was set for last Friday.

"Moving forward, my client plans to continue operating a lawful, tax paying establishment," said Neal on Tuesday.

Armstrong was the only council person who did not sign off on the settlement.

"I had to weigh the consequences of denying someone the ability of someone to open a business relative to the peace and tranquility of the neighbors in that neighborhood," said Armstrong. "I think the neighbors were denied a voice."

City officials say the terms of the settlement include reducing noise by installing a new door, making sure patrons don't park illegally, and collecting litter on the weekends.

The bar is set to open next week.

Armstrong says the city will continue to enforce the laws.

"If they do not follow that, then we have basis once again based on the laws to deny the alcohol license once again," he said.
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