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February 7, 2013

Dumoulin gets renewal on second try

State board votes after local board splits

Kokomo bar owner Dan Dumoulin II prevailed Tuesday in his latest battle to get a liquor license renewed, when the Indiana Alcohol & Tobacco Commission voted 4-0 to renew the license for Big Daddy’s strip club.

The state board heard the case after the local liquor board split on Dumoulin’s renewal request for Big Daddy’s.

The Howard County Alcoholic Beverage Board deadlocked last week on whether or not to renew the license, after two board members cited ongoing problems with owner Dan Dumoulin’s clubs.

Board members Beth Harshman and Matt Grecu cited the “character” clause of Indiana’s liquor licensing rules in voting against the renewal, saying Dumoulin had failed to “maintain a high and fine reputation” as a bar owner. Maintaining a good reputation is a required condition for holding a liquor license.

At the local board hearing, Indiana State Excise Police Major Robin Poindexter and board member Kurt Reed voted in favor of the renewal, with Reed saying he was convinced Dumoulin has acted to remedy past violations, and Poindexter saying those speaking against the renewal hadn’t offered enough evidence.

The fact police haven’t found any illegal activity at Big Daddy’s played in Dumoulin’s favor. The only recent excise citation against that business charged the kegs and keg taps weren’t aligned, and that Big Daddy’s customers who were ordering Miller Lite and Coors Lite were instead getting Budweiser or Bud Light.

A denial at the ATC meeting would have been a huge blow to Dumoulin, who owns and operates three strip clubs in Kokomo, along with seven other businesses.

Dumoulin has had repeated run-ins with Indiana Excise Police dating back to mid-2011, and is currently embroiled in a battle with the ATC over a request to obtain a liquor license for a new bar he’s hoping to open next to Big Daddy’s.

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

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