Decision expected soon in Southside Grill liquor license case

Decision expected soon in Southside Grill liquor license case

Southside Grill may soon learn whether or not its liquor license will be renewed.

City Attorney Don Hemphill told the Spencer City Council last week that he expects a decision from the state soon on the gentlemen’s steakhouse’s license.

“I expect a decision probably before your next meeting,” Hemphill said.

The Spencer City Council denied Southside Grill’s liquor license renewal in June citing evidence from law enforcement that Southside Grill’s employees had served alcohol to minors and intoxicated individuals and that dancers there had exposed their nipples in violation of state code.

Southside Grill owner Chris Burg appealed the denied license renewal, which triggered a review process with the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division (ABD).

The ABD then forwarded the case to the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals Administrative Hearings Division for a hearing that was held via telephone on August 28.

Shortly after the council denied Southside Grill’s liquor license renewal, it was revealed that the establishment is involved in an investigation regarding a single-vehicle, double-fatality accident near Dickens in April.

Authorities say surveillance footage shows the driver in the April accident, 19-year-old Alfonso Adrian Maldonado, was served alcohol at Southside Grill earlier that night before the accident.

Spencer police also claim surveillance footage shows the establishment’s dancers several times violated Iowa code that requires their nipples to be covered.

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