- Thursday, March 1, 2007, noon
- Centennial Hall, 124 10th St., Steamboat Springs
Steamboat Springs The Steamboat Springs City Council today will consider suspending or revoking the liquor license of a Ski Time Square restaurant whose owner was arrested on a misdemeanor charge in February.
Kevin Nerney, owner of Jade Summit and Pirate's Pub, was arrested Feb. 4 in connection with an incident involving a patron at the bar. Last year, the city suspended Nerney's liquor license for multiple days after he sold alcohol to a minor.
Nerney has not been convicted in the misdemeanor case and has told police he is not guilty. Still, the City Council, acting as the Liquor License Authority, has the authority to suspend or revoke the bar's liquor license based upon Nerney's alleged conduct in the arrest, said City Clerk Julie Jordan.
During today's meeting, the council will review police reports documenting the incident and decide whether to move forward with a show cause hearing, Jordan said.
"It would be negligent of us to not move forward, because this deals with the bar's owner and it's a second offense involving that owner," Police Capt. Joel Rae said. "It's absolutely appropriate."
Nerney was cited in May 2006 for serving alcohol to a minor during a routine police department alcohol compliance check. In that case, Nerney accepted a seven-day liquor license suspension with three days served and four days held in abeyance.
Steamboat Springs attorney Kris Hammond, who is representing Nerney, said he could not comment on the misdemeanor case because criminal charges are pending.
Nerney didn't return messages left on his home phone or cell phone.
Also today, the council is scheduled to determine whether probable cause exists to move forward with liquor license suspension hearings involving four other local establishments, three of which failed a January compliance check and one that is accused of providing alcohol to a bar employee after 2 a.m.
Arctic Liquors, City Market and Rex's American Grill and Bar failed a compliance check by serving or selling alcohol to an undercover police informant in January, police officers said. Mambo Italiano is coming before the council because a police officer reportedly witnessed someone sitting at the bar consuming alcohol after 2 a.m., which is against the law.
Kristi Brown, who owns Mambo Italiano, said she is disappointed the city is pursuing the charge, and she thinks the issue should be handled through the criminal court system.
"I think a court of law would throw this case out because of a lack of evidence and vague police statements," she said.
Brown has been commended several times by the council for her efforts to run responsible bars. On Wednesday, she said she feels harassed by the city.
"It's bordering on ridiculous," she said. "I'm shocked this ever went before the (liquor license) authority."
The council also is scheduled to hold a public hearing on a tavern liquor license application for Vintage Wine and Cocktail Bar, a new establishment that will serve alcohol, sandwiches and light snacks in Ski Time Square. If approved, the tavern license would be the 10th tavern liquor license and the 89th establishment selling liquor within city limits.
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