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Kicker's Pub & Grub Faces Possible 10-Day Suspension

Bar owner claims harassment as he faces suspension after Waukesha police say he served alcohol to minors and kept "an improper house."

Kicker's Pub & Grub Faces Possible 10-Day Suspension

Kicker’s Pub & Grub could have its liquor license suspended for 10 days if the Waukesha Common Council approves a complaint filed against the business by Police Chief Russell Jack.

The Waukesha Police Department alleges that the owner, Darrel Radmer, allowed minors to be served alcohol and kept an improper house. The bar was caught serving to minors during an alcohol compliance check, the complaint states.

Radmer will learn his fate during Tuesday night’s Common Council meeting.

On the second occasion, on Aug. 22, Radmer became aggressive toward police officers when confronted with the underage alcohol violations, according to the complaint.

“Are you going to give me a ticket or not,” Radmer yelled at police several times while pacing back and forth, the complaint states. A police specialist took Radmer outside to discuss the issue, however, Radmer continued to yell, so the specialist informed him he was being cited and proceeded  to walk back to his squad car.

Radmer followed the officer to the car, the complaint states, telling the officer that he would post pictures of the minors working with the police department on Facebook for all other bars.

The city’s Ordinance and License Committee recommended on Feb. 24 to suspend the bar’s liquor license for 10 days, which will cause a “significant financial impact,” according to the city’s document.

Radmer, however, is fighting the proposed suspension, claiming harassment, an improper notice for the original suspension hearing and an unnecessary financial impact. A document from Radmer’s attorney, Leonard Adent,  alleges the ordeal has already taken a financial toll on the business because of the negative publicity.

Describing the incident involving the minors as “trickery,” rebuttal from the bar indicates that Radmer was not prepared to testify before the city committee in February. Additionally, he claims he wasn’t able to offer his point of view on the incident.

“The two underaged persons entered the bar on a  sting operation and sat at the bar,” the document states. “In front of them were two empty bottles of Miller Lite beer. Mr. Radmer has three businesses in the City of Waukesha and his female bartender called him for help. HE was under stress and had already worked considerable hours at his automotive business and arrived to assist her in a bar that had substantial patrons and was very busy.

“The young men asked for another beer, and he obliged, believing that his bartender had served them and checked their ID. The actions of the underaged patrons could be considered trickery or entrapment or improper.”

Radmer is partially deaf and speaks in a loud voice, Radmer’s response to the city states, and the confrontation between him and police was heated on both sides.

“Clearly two incidents could not form the basis for suspension for Kicker’s Pub and Grill’s license,” states the response from Radmer’s attorney. “Also the committee has no jurisdiction because of improper service as to the notice of hearing and any action of the committee is void and improper.”

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