By Scott Smith
Tribune staff writer
The Indiana Alcohol & Tobacco Commission will have to decide the fate of the strip club Little Daddy’s liquor license.
A split vote on owner Dan Dumoulin’s renewal application by the Howard County Alcoholic Beverage Board means the state board now has to decide the matter, just as it did last year for one of Dumoulin’s other clubs, Big Daddy’s.
The same members voted the same way for Little Daddy’s renewal as they did for Big Daddy’s. Matt Grecu and Beth Harshman voted against renewing the license, while Kurt Reed and Indiana Excise Police Major Robin Poindexter voted in favor.
Both renewals faced opposition. Local churches organized a petition drive which garnered more than 500 signatures against Little Daddy’s, and four people spoke at Thursday’s meeting against the renewal.
Dumoulin, two employees and a family member defended the club, 1527 Home Ave., which was hit with excise fines last year after undercover excise police said they saw an intoxicated man being served, marijuana use and said they were propositioned by an “off duty” dancer.
Grecu and Harshman both said they felt Dumoulin didn’t meet the character standard for a liquor license holder. State law requires liquor license holders to maintain a “high and fine” reputation at their establishments.
Poindexter and Reed said they didn’t feel enough evidence had been presented to deny the license renewal.
In February, the state ATC board voted unanimously to renew Big Daddy’s liquor license after the Howard County board deadlocked on the renewal application for that club.
Thursday, the local liquor board voted unanimously to renew the license for The Social Experience nightclub, 3040 S. Lafountain St., despite five underage drinking arrests resulting in two excise violations.
One of the violations was dismissed after the Social owners blamed local police, saying police asked them to allow minors into the bar so authorities could arrest the minors for trespassing.
Kokomo police rejected the bar owners’ story as “ludicrous” and said in an earlier investigation minors entered the club using fake identification. The Social owners paid a $500 fine to settle the earlier case.
Thursday, Social owner Dustin Ogle told the local board of new measures to keep underage individuals out of the bar.
Scott Smith can be reached at 765-454-8569 or at email@example.com.
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