Chief asks Quotes to scale back hours, threatens revocation

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Nico Savidge
Friday, November 1, 2013

JANESVILLE—Janesville's police chief has asked the owner of Quotes Bar & Grill to start closing early, saying he will work to pull the bar's liquor license if things don't change.

An attorney for Chief Dave Moore wrote a letter to Quotes owner Denise Carpenter last week, demanding the bar close at 12:30 a.m. for the next year.

Carpenter would also have to work with Janesville police to address any issues that arise during that time, and to limit future problems.

The letter, from attorney Mark D. Kopp, gives Carpenter until Friday to comply with the request.

If she doesn't agree to an earlier last call, the letter threatens Moore “will take the steps necessary to revoke your liquor license.”

Moore and Carpenter met to discuss the conditions on Wednesday, Moore said, but Carpenter has not yet said if she will comply with the restricted hours.

The majority of the bar's serious incidents have happened after 1 a.m., according to the letter. And when the bar had an earlier closing time last year, Kopp wrote, there were fewer issues.

Police sought to deal with problems at Quotes through the city's chronic nuisance ordinance earlier in October, citing a litany of violent incidents at the downtown bar in the months since it finished a four-month sanction from the city last year.

Carpenter could face thousands of dollars in fines for future police calls under the ordinance, plus the cost of police service.

Kopp's letter notes that the request for an earlier closing time is a separate matter from the city's efforts under the chronic nuisance ordinance, which he called a “separate and distinct course of action.”

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