Sunday, January 29, 2017

Ann Arbor Liquor License Reviews, 2017

The Ann Arbor City Council Liquor License Review Committee, led by committee chair Jane Lumm (I-Second Ward), met in council chambers on Friday, January 27, 2017 at noon to discuss recommendations for licenses not to be renewed for the coming year. Typically, this committee recommends to council that liquor license holders who are delinquent on their previous year's taxes, who operate in a dangerous building, or have some other substantial code violation be recommended for non-renewal of their liquor license. Lumm referred to this as a "big stick" to get licensees to pay up on their 2015 city taxes.

The committee meeting concluded with a recommendation that five Ann Arbor restaurants and bars - Banfield's Bar and Grill, Old Carolina BBQ, Nagomi Sushi, Burger Fi, and Ashley's - each go in front of a hearing on February 22, 2017 if their taxes are not paid up by then. This recommendation will go before City Council on February 6, 2017 for approval. If any of these establishments pay their back taxes and fees before then, there will be no objection to striking them from the hearing list.

The Ann Arbor City Clerk provided a list of more than 100 establishments in Ann Arbor that have a liquor license. The Ann Arbor liquor license spreadsheet for 2017 is up on a2docs for planning your next pub crawl. 

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