Cape Girardeau council refuses to renew liquor license for troubled bar

By Zakk Gammon - bio | email

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - The request from the owner of Margarita Mama's to renew the establishment's liquor license was denied by the Cape Girardeau City Council.

The bar, located on Main Street, has been at the center of complaints from residents and even police for months.

At Monday's City Council meeting, numerous citizens asked council members not to renew the liquor license, which expires June 30.

The voices of concerned citizens were all the same: Shut down the bar and make the community safer.

Cape Girardeau Police Chief Carl Kinnison echoed those requests, citing several incidents at the bar of fights, loud music and even underage drinking.

When the time came to make a motion to renew the bar's license, all the council heard was silence.

Kinnison says he hopes this is the end to months and months of problems.

"These are about 12 incidents that we've been able to substantiate that involved some type of officer interaction with people," said Chief Kinnison. "We've had some other things that we've heard that I didn't include here but these have some substance to them."

In addition to the renewal for the license at Margarita Mama's, owner Ben Burch also asked for licenses that would allow him to take over Independence Place on Henderson Avenue and open the Drunken Monkey on North Spanish Street.

Those requests were also denied.

After the current license expires at the end of the month, the bar will no longer be allowed to serve liquor.

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