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Rockford mayor to decide fate of popular southeast side bar

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Owner Brandon Barnes (right) shows a security video to members of the liquor commission. Owner Brandon Barnes (right) shows a security video to members of the liquor commission.
ROCKFORD (WREX) -

Rockford's mayor delays a decision on whether a popular nightclub will stay closed. The Aviator Lounge on 11th Street lost its liquor license last week. The city held an emergency liquor commission meeting Thursday to see it if should be pulled for another 21 days.

 

The City Attorneys say the bar has been over crowded, an emergency exit door was locked and fights repeatedly break out. Plus, the violence that starts in the bar spills to nearby businesses causing fights and problems inside the gas stations along 11th Street.

 

But the owners say they never let the bar go over capacity and any violence is handled by their security.

 

"They should have to reimburse me for one, illegally taking it in the first place because they didn't give me a warning for anything. There's no need to shut us down as an emergency order. There's no shooting, no deaths, nothing like that," says Brandon Barnes, Aviator Lounge owner.

 

Mayor Larry Morrissey, who is also Rockford's liquor commissioner, will decide Friday if the license should stay suspended.

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