Bar operator at Corvina's may be evicted

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009
— A downtown bar that neighbors and police have complained about might be closing.

Janesville police reports indicate the landlord has begun an eviction process for the bar operator of Corvina's at 123 E. Milwaukee St.

Landlords Fred Shahlapour and Jaleh Dabiri asked for police presence at Corvina's on July 28, police reported. The owners wanted police present as they served a five-day notice, part of the eviction process, the report indicates.

Shahlapour told the officer that the tenant was behind on rent.

Shahlapour again requested police be present Aug. 12, when he served what the report describes as a 14-day eviction notice. The 14-day notice is the next step in a process that could lead to a court order to evict if the tenant does not leave.

Shahlapour told the officer Aug. 12 "he hoped that this will result in them closing the business and leaving after the 14 days," according to the report.

Proprietor Janelle Barlass could not be reached for comment Tuesday. Shahlapour declined to comment.

The police brought complaints about Corvina's to the city's Alcohol License Advisory Committee in May. Barlass was asked to appear before the committee in July.

Barlass said at the July meeting that she believed police were targeting the bar unfairly because of the culture of its clientele. Many of the patrons are black.

Barlass' statement prompted a strong response from police, saying they target behavior, not race.

Barlass was invited to appear before the alcohol committee again Aug. 5, when she said she had improved security, and Deputy Police Chief Steve Kopp told the committee he was not alarmed by incidents at Corvina's over the previous month.

Corvina's was closed Tuesday. A sign on the door says it is open nightly, Wednesday through Saturday.

Earlier complaints included crowds gathering outside the bar and in the street and accusations of violent behavior and underage drinking. Police said a stabbing one block from the bar on June 28 involved people who had been in Corvina's, including one underage woman.

The building at the corner of Milwaukee Street and Parker drive has been the home to a succession of bars, including the London Pub, Hilltop Café and Karma's before it became Corvina's.

Last updated: 11:07 am Thursday, December 13, 2012

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