Iowa City bar in the news again

By Gregg Hennigan

IOWA CITY – An Iowa City bar with a history of trouble is in the news again.

Iowa City police were called to Los Cocos early Sunday morning for a report of woman who had been stabbed in the stomach.

Just last week, the City Council voted unanimously to give the bar an six-month liquor license rather than the usual 12 months. Police Chief Sam Hargadine recommended the abbreviated term, citing the high number of calls his officers have received about the bar.

Some council members said they wanted to see big improvements from the bar at its next review, and it’s probably safe to say that isn’t the kind of start they or the owners were hoping for.

If you’re wondering why the council didn’t just deny the liquor license renewal, there are a couple of reasons. First, Hargadine said he believed the bar’s management was working to improve the situation.

Also, when a license is denied, a bar can appeal. Bars get to stay open during an appeal, and the process can take a long time. A couple of council members said they thought the six-month license would allow the city to revisit the matter sooner.

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