Prominent Iowa bar owner denied another liquor license
Urbandale City Council denied a liquor license renewal last night to embattled local restaurant owner Steve McFadden.
Why it matters: It's the third metro city to take such action in recent weeks.
- West Des Moines and Des Moines denied his requests for Tipsy Crow and Grumpy Goat taverns last month citing his recent legal troubles.
Catch up fast: McFadden was convicted last year of assaulting an ex-girlfriend.
- This year he pleaded guilty and received probation for stalking a different woman using a GPS device.
Driving the news: McFadden is also the owner of Fat Charlie's Tavern in Urbandale.
- Urbandale Police Chief Rob Johansen recommended the denial, citing his own investigation. He alleges that McFadden also failed to promptly pay federal and state taxes.
State of play: McFadden recently sold a Grumpy Goat in Ankeny and Boomer's Bicycle Lounge in WDM.
- He has appealed the previous denials to the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division and will also appeal Urbandale's, his attorney, William Kutmus, tells Axios.
- The restaurants are allowed to serve alcohol during the appeal process.
Zoom in: Kutmus didn't appear to speak for McFadden at Urbandale's meeting last night, telling Axios the municipal hearing processes in the metro are "bulls---" because they too narrowly limit speaker time and don't allow for cross examination.
- More facts will surface in upcoming administrative hearings that will reveal how unfairly McFadden has been treated, he says.
More Des Moines stories
No stories could be found
Get a free daily digest of the most important news in your backyard with Axios Des Moines.