Iowa City Police Deny Summit's Attempt To Go 19, Revoke Union's Exemption

By Mark Carlson, Reporter

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Iowa City Police Chief Sam Hargadine has formally rejected an attempt by the Summit Restaurant & Bar to become an entertainment venue. That exemption would have allowed the bar to host 19 year-old patrons all night.

"...You have failed to demonstrate, to my satisfaction, that your employees have not "sold, given, or delivered alcohol to any patron under the legal drinking age more than once within the last five years." In fact, our records show that your establishment failed compliance checks twice over the course of the last year," Hargadine wrote in a letter to the bar.

Hargadine went on to lay out several other factors for why the bar failed to meet the requirements necessary to earn an exemption. Police department approval is a required part of the entertainment venue application process.

In a separate letter to the Union Bar, the chief laid groundwork to pull their exemption.

"I hereby revoke your entertainment venue exception certificate, effective ten days from the date of the letter," the chief wrote in a letter dated April 3.

The move comes after the bar exceeded the ratio of under aged possession offenses (PAULA's) just one month after receiving the designation, according to police.

A co-owner of the Union Bar told a KCRG-TV9 reporter he plans to appeal the decision.
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