Minneapolis officials reject renewal of Champions' liquor license

  • Article by: Maya Rao
  • Updated: February 26, 2014 - 5:15 AM

Champions Saloon and Eatery will appeal the decision by a City Council committee, which found the business a danger to the area.

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sfwugFeb. 25, 14 7:52 PM

Reminds me of Sal of Sal's Pizzeria in "Do The Right Thing".

ricky612Feb. 25, 14 9:28 PM

If the city and the police cooperated with the business instead of fighting it and blaming all the crime in the area on that one establishment then that guy who was shot would be alive, and hundreds of thousands of taxpayer $ would be saved. The 5th precinct Matt Clark is a racist, and targeted Champions because of a feud with an officer who was working at Champions, the harassment that followed after Clark took over was shocking, police harassing customers and employees driving through the parking lot shouting insults through their megaphones. The fact the city disregards that Champions owner Rick Nelson did everything possible to beef up security and took all precautionary measures as appointed from the city to prevent crime proves that they were out to get Champions. That business has done more to prevent crime, and to better the neighborhood than the 5th precinct (that is a few blocks away..)has in the last decade. This is a blow to small businesses, and an embarrassment for the city of Minneapolis.

elo_62Feb. 25, 14 9:51 PM

This is a great place. No need to shut it down. I have always felt safe there when visiting.

mpls2014Feb. 26, 14 6:26 AM

I thought it was the duty of the Police to prevent crime and protect businesses, not a Sports Bar owner.

Kendon6430Feb. 26, 14 8:25 AM

Lake and Blaisdell is also a residential area. How many of you would want to raise a family half a block from this place? Two blocks? That's what I thought. Shut it down.

poptixFeb. 27, 14 3:54 PM

I lived in the condo's literally across the street from Champions for two years, we had no end to problems with car breakins, smashed beer bottles, gun shots, fights and drunks kicked out of Champions in and outside the building. I used to sit on my balcony and watch as fights broke out at Champions and spilled into Lake Street or White Castle across the street. My only concern about Champions losing their liquor license is where will the troublemakers relocate to?

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