Iowa bars

Judge rules against Iowa bar accused of ‘staging’ virus-mitigation measures

BY: - April 13, 2021

A manager who resigned from an Iowa tavern that allegedly “staged” an array of COVID-19 mitigation measures for the benefit of state regulators is entitled to collect unemployment benefits, a judge has ruled. State records indicate that when the COVID-19 pandemic struck last spring, the After Hour Shop, a bar and grill in Truesdale, seven […]

State agencies keep two sets of inspectors’ reports — one public, one confidential

BY: - April 5, 2021

Last September, a state restaurant inspector named Samuel Pang responded to a complaint about Kelly’s Little Nipper, a bar and grill on Des Moines’ Grand Avenue that was allegedly violating the governor’s order on COVID-19 mitigation. At the time, the order prohibited establishments from serving alcohol to people not eating food and from allowing patrons […]

Reynolds allows Story, Johnson bars to reopen for limited time

BY: - October 2, 2020

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds late Friday afternoon declared bars in Story and Johnson counties may reopen from Oct. 5 through Oct. 18. Bars in the rest of the state already had the right to operate, with restrictions meant to keep patrons apart and to keep the facilities clean during the COVID-19 pandemic. Those restrictions will […]

Five more bars accused of violating rules related to pandemic

BY: - September 25, 2020

The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division has accused five more bars of violating Gov. Kim Reynolds’ proclamation intended to protect patrons from COVID-19. The state will hold hearings and could consider fines and license suspensions or revocations. The new charges were filed against: Pour Bastards Pub in Newton: Accused of failing to keep 6 feet between […]

Judge denies temporary relief for Iowa bar owners shut down by COVID-19 order

BY: - September 4, 2020

A Polk County judge denied a request for a temporary injunction by central Iowa bar owners that requested the court overrule Gov. Kim Reynolds’ proclamation closing bars in six counties, according to court documents obtained by KCCI. On Monday, central Iowa bars including Tonic in West Des Moines, and Saints Pub + Patio in Waukee, […]

Bars, restaurants face fines, suspensions for social-distancing violations

BY: - July 30, 2020

Iowa restaurants and bars will face $1,000 fines and possible license suspensions for violating the state’s social-distancing and cleaning requirements, state officials announced Thursday. The Iowa Capital Dispatch reported last week that the Iowa Restaurant Association was pushing for stronger enforcement of rules intended to fight the spread of COVID-19. The organization, which represents 600 […]