Spencer police arrested Chris Burg, the owner of Southside Grill, Thursday afternoon on 25 charges, including 10 felony counts of fraudulent sales practices and 10 felony counts of sales tax evasion. In a press release, police stated Burg, 36, was arrested at 2:24 p.m. after a traffic stop in the 700 block of Grand Avenue. Police served Burg with an arrest warrant charging Burg with:- Seven counts of fraudulent sales practices over $10,000 (class C felonies)- Three counts of fraudulent sales practices under $10,000 (class D felonies)- 10 counts of sales tax evasion (class D felonies)- Four counts of sales tax violation – permit revoked (aggravated misdemeanors)- One count of ongoing criminal conduct (class B felony)
In addition to Southside Grill, Burg owns Liberty Lanes, a bowling alley in Spencer, and A+ Carpet and Tile Cleaners. Southside Grill, which bills itself as a gentlemen’s steakhouse, has been the focus of investigations into serving alcohol to minors. Officials also have said the establishment’s dancers have not properly covered their nipples as required by Iowa code.