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On Tuesday, Dec. 1, the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division (ABD) announced it filed an additional four hearing complaints on businesses for violating Gov. Kim Reynolds’ emergency public health disaster proclamation. In all, there have been at least 26 businesses highlighted by ABD for violating the orders of Gov. Reynolds.

The four complaints were:

*Mason Dixon Saloon in Dubuque. According to ABD, on or about Nov. 14, the licensee failed to comply with the Governor’s proclamation by failing to ensure at least six feet of physical distance between each group or individual dining or drinking alone; failing to limit patrons from congregating together closer than six feet; and/or failing to ensure all patrons were seated at a table, booth or bar while consuming beverages. (Agreed to $1,000 civil penalty)

*1st & Main in Dubuque. Same day, same violations essentially.

*Main Street Social in Dubuque. Same day, same violations essentially.

*AJ’s Ultra Lounge in Ames. Same day, but additional violations. In addition to failing to ensure at least six feet of physical distance between each group or individual dining or drinking alone, failing to limit patrons from congregating together closer than six feet and ensuring all patrons were seated at a table, booth or bar while consuming beverages — AJ’s failed to limit groups sizes to no more than eight people unless all members of the groups were members of the same household. They also failed implement reasonable measures for increased hygiene practices. (Agreed to $1,000 civil penalty)

The others:

  1. Bo-James in Iowa City on or about Aug. 28 — failing to ensure at least six feet of physical distance between each group or individual dining or drinking alone; failing to ensure that all customers who were served alcoholic beverages were also served food; and/or failing to ensure that all patrons were seated at a table, booth or bar while consuming their food and beverages. (Agreed to a two-day suspension)
  2. Cube Ultra Lounge in Counil Bluffs on or about Sept. 4 —  failing to ensure at least six feet of physical distance between each group or individual dining or drinking alone; and/or, failing to ensure that all patrons had a seat at a table or bar.
  3. Xcaret Club and Lounge in West Des Moines on or about Aug. 22 — failing to ensure at least six feet of physical distance between each group or individual dining or drinking alone; and/or, failing to ensure that all patrons had a seat at a table or bar. It appears they have another complaint as well.
  4.  Shotgun Betty’s in West Des Moines on or about Aug. 22 — failing to ensure at least six feet of physical distance between each group or individual dining or drinking alone; and/or, failing to ensure that all patrons had a seat at a table or bar. (Agreed to $1,000 civil penalty)
  5. Knights of Pythias – Furgerson Lodge #5 in Waterloo on or about Sept. 9 — failed to comply with the Governor’s August 27 Proclamation of Disaster Emergency by opening the business to the general public.
  6. Edo’s Sports Bar in Waterloo on or about Sept. 11 — failing to ensure at least six feet of physical distance between each group or individual dining or drinking alone; failing to ensure that all customers who were served alcoholic beverages were also served food; and/or failing to ensure that all patrons were seated at a table, booth or bar while consuming their food and beverages. (Settled on a $1,000 civil penalty)
  7. Pour Bastards Pub in Newton on or about Sept. 5 — failing to ensure at least six feet of physical distance between each group or individual dining or drinking alone and by failing to ensure that all patrons had a seat at a table or bar. (Agreed to $1,000 civil penalty)
  8. Barefoot Bar in Spirit Lake on or about Aug. 1, 3, 8 and 22 — failing to ensure at least six feet of physical distance between each group or individual dining or drinking alone; failing to limit patrons from congregating together closer than six feet; and/or failing to implement reasonable measures for increased hygiene practices.
  9. Kelly’s Little Nipper in Des Moines on or about Sept. 11 — failing to ensure at least six feet of physical distance between each group or individual dining or drinking alone; failing to ensure that all customers who were served alcoholic beverages were also served food; failing to separate booths closer than six feet with a barrier of sufficient height to fully separate customers; failing to ensure all patrons had a seat at a table, booth or bar; failing to limit patrons from congregating together closer than six feet; failing to ensure that all patrons were seated at a table, booth or bar while consuming their food and beverages; and/or failing to implement reasonable measures for increased hygiene practices. (Ordered to pay $1,000 civil penalty after hearing)
  10. Latitude 41 in Polk City on or about Aug. 28 —  failing to ensure at least six feet of physical distance between each group or individual dining or drinking alone, failing to prepare and serve food to all customers and by failing to ensure that all patrons had a seat at a table or bar. (Dismissed)
  11. Jalapeno Bar & Grill in Eagle Grove on or about Aug. 30 — failing to ensure at least six feet of physical distance between each group or individual dining or drinking alone; and/or, failing to ensure that all patrons had a seat at a table or bar. (Settled on a $1,000 civil penalty)
  12. George’s Pizza in Nevada on or about Aug. 29 — failing to ensure at least six feet of physical distance between each group or individual dining or drinking alone; failing to ensure that all customers who were served alcoholic beverages were also served food; and/or failing to ensure that all patrons were seated at a table, booth or bar while consuming their food and beverages. (Dismissed)
  13. Mary Lou’s Bar & Grill in Cedar Falls on or about Sept. 10 — failing to ensure at least six feet of physical distance between each group or individual dining or drinking alone; failing to ensure that all customers who were served alcoholic beverages were also served food; and/or failing to ensure that all patrons were seated at a table, booth or bar while consuming their food and beverages. (Agreed to $1,000 civil penalty)
  14. Pints Pub N Patio in Des Moines on or about Sept. 19 — failing to ensure at least six feet of physical distance between each group or individual dining or drinking alone; failing to limit patrons from congregating together closer than six feet; failing to ensure that all patrons were seated at a table, booth or bar while consuming their food and beverages; and/or failing to implement reasonable measures for increased hygiene practices. (Agreed to $1,000 civil penalty)
  15. Rodeo Saloon & BBQ in Council Bluffs on or about Oct. 2 — failing to ensure at least six feet of physical distance between each group or individual dining or drinking alone; failing to limit patrons from congregating together closer than six feet; failing to ensure that all patrons were seated at a table, booth or bar while consuming their food and beverages; and/or failing to implement reasonable measures for increased hygiene practices. (Agreed to $1,000 civil penalty)
  16. The Sports Page in Mason City on or about Oct. 2 –failing to ensure at least six feet of physical distance between each group or individual dining or drinking alone; failing to limit patrons from congregating together closer than six feet; failing to ensure that all patrons were seated at a table, booth or bar while consuming their food and beverages; and/or failing to implement reasonable measures for increased hygiene practices. (Agreed to a $1,000 civil penalty)
  17. Players in Iowa City on or about Oct. 24 —  failing to ensure at least six feet of physical distance between each group or individual dining or drinking alone; failing to limit patrons from congregating together closer than six feet; failing to ensure that all patrons were seated at a table, booth or bar while consuming their beverages; and/or failing to implement reasonable measures for increased hygiene practices. (Agreed to $1,000 civil penalty)
  18. The Stuffed Olive and Voodoo Lounge in Des Moines on or about Oct. 31 — failing to ensure at least six feet of physical distance between each group or individual dining or drinking alone; failing to limit patrons from congregating together closer than six feet; failing to ensure that all patrons were seated at a table, booth or bar while consuming their beverages; and/or failing to implement reasonable measures for increased hygiene practices.
  19. Cooper Cup in Des Moines on or about Oct. 31 — failing to ensure at least six feet of physical distance between each group or individual dining or drinking alone; failing to limit patrons from congregating together closer than six feet; failing to ensure that all patrons were seated at a table, booth or bar while consuming their beverages; and/or failing to implement reasonable measures for increased hygiene practices. (Agreed to two-day suspension)
  20. Beer Can Alley / The Exchange in Des Moines on or about Oct. 31 — failing to ensure at least six feet of physical distance between each group or individual dining or drinking alone; failing to ensure booths were of sufficient height to fully separate seated customers; failing to limit patrons from congregating together closer than six feet; and/or failing to ensure that all patrons were seated at a table, booth or bar while consuming their beverages. (Agreed to $1,000 civil penalty)
  21. American Outlaws in Des Moines on or about Oct. 31 — failing to ensure at least six feet of physical distance between each group or individual dining or drinking alone; failing to limit patrons from congregating together closer than six feet; failing to ensure that all patrons were seated at a table, booth or bar while consuming their beverages; and/or failing to implement reasonable measures for increased hygiene practices.
  22. Whiskey River in Ames on or about Oct. 30 — failing to ensure at least six feet of physical distance between each group or individual dining or drinking alone; failing to limit patrons from congregating together closer than six feet; failing to ensure that all patrons were seated at a table, booth or bar while consuming their beverages; and/or failing to implement reasonable measures for increased hygiene practices.

Author: Jacob Hall