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Janesville liquor license decision on hold

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MARCIA A. NELESEN
September 2, 2009
— Janesville’s alcohol licensing committee postponed making a recommendation Tuesday on whether to grant a liquor license to the owners of the building at 123 E. Milwaukee Street, most recently Corvina’s.

The building’s owners, Fred Shahlapour and Jaleh Dabiri, own the building and have applied for a liquor license. Shahlapour and Dabiri have in the past run a bar and restaurant in the building called the Hilltop Café.


The couple say they want to reopen a business there.


Shahlapour and Dabiri had been leasing the building to Janelle Barlass, who ran Corvina’s. Barlass appeared before the license committee in recent months because of complaints of rowdy behavior at Corvina’s.


Barlass’s liquor license on Aug. 20 was declared void because her business partner withdrew from the enterprise. Barlass also was arrested on Aug. 21 for writing worthless checks.


Corvina’s has not been open for more than a week.


The decision to make a recommendation on a liquor license for Shahlapour and Dabiri was postponed to October’s alcohol license advisory committee meeting because Barlass on Tuesday was still occupying the building, said Carol Engebretson, committee chairperson.


Barlass has to be out of the building before the committee can issue a license to the new occupants, Engebretson said.


Janesville police Tuesday responded to a report of “suspicious activity” at Corvina’s, but reports were not available Tuesday night.



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