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June 28, 2013

Excise approves licenses

No action on Dumoulin bars at center of police investigation.

A Kokomo strip club at the center of a police prostitution investigation likely will face strong opposition when its liquor license comes up for renewal, possibly in August.

But state excise officials made short work Thursday of renewal applications for two other bars owned by Dan Dumoulin II, who has seen six workers arrested in connection with alleged activities at his Little Daddy’s and Big Daddy’s strip clubs.

The Grand Slam Pub, also known as The Filling Station, 1918 W. Sycamore St., was renewed without opposition, although the board did discuss a $500 fine Dumoulin paid this month to settle an underage-drinking liquor license violation.

Indiana Excise Officer Emily Peek said excise sent a minor into the bar last November to see if the minor could obtain alcohol. Despite having no identification at all, the minor was able to order a drink, Peek said.

Thursday, Dumoulin and bar manager Ken Broniak said the employee who served the minor has been terminated and that they’d stepped up employee training on how to prevent serving minors.

The violation, which excise filed in October 2012, made the Grand Slam the fifth of Dumoulin’s six establishments to receive an excise violation. All of the violations have occurred within the past two years.

The Howard County Alcoholic Beverage Board also renewed a liquor license for Dumoulin’s Rock Bottom bar, 1833 S. Plate St. Dumoulin said he is in the process of selling the bar on contract and is seeking to transfer the liquor permit in the future.

The alcohol board didn’t, however, hold a hearing on Little Daddy’s Show Club, 1527 S. Home Ave., despite the state Alcohol & Tobacco Commission remanding the case back to the local board for additional fact finding.

Excise Maj. Robin Pemberton said he doesn’t anticipate the local board hearing the Little Daddy’s renewal until the Kokomo Police Department concludes its investigation into Little Daddy’s and Big Daddy’s. Pemberton said he believes the Little Daddy’s case won’t be heard until the Aug. 22 liquor board hearing.

Scott Smith can be reachedat 765-454-8569 or at scott.smith@kokomotribune.com

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