The Howard County Alcoholic Beverage Commission voted to deny renewal of the liquor license for Little Daddy’s Show Club, but it could be months before the business stops dispensing alcohol.
The Indiana Alcohol & Tobacco Commission was asked to rule on the renewal request by owner Dan Dumoulin II when the local board deadlocked on a decision. The state board sent the case back to Howard County.
The board voted unanimously Thursday not to renew the license based on the finding that Little Daddy’s, 1527 S. Home Ave., is a public nuisance and Dumoulin is of poor moral character.
Maj. Robert Poindexter, with the Indiana State Excise Police, said the local ruling will be considered by the Indiana Alcohol & Tobacco Commission in November. The state board can either uphold or overturn the local decision.
If the state board upholds the local decision, Dumoulin may appeal and the club can continue to sell alcohol.
Little Daddy’s current liquor license is set to expire on Dec. 2 and a new renewal application will have to be filed after that date.
Poindexter said if the renewal is ultimately denied, Dumoulin will have to apply for a new liquor license for Little Daddy’s.
Dumoulin was charged in September with six felony counts of promoting prostitution and two felony charges of corrupt business influence involving Little Daddy’s Show Club and Big Daddy’s Show Club.
Mark Webb, Dumoulin’s attorney, asked for a continuance until the criminal charges are resolved, a request denied by Poindexter.
Webb objected to using the charges against Dumoulin in the proceedings because there were no witnesses at the hearing to testify about the allegations.
“We decline to discuss the allegations,” he said. “The proper place is in a criminal court.”
Dumoulin attended the hearing but didn’t offer any testimony. His mother, Joan, testified about the conduct of employees.