Too Many Liquor Code Violations Prompts Mayor to Revoke Dance Bar's Permits

No more live music or late hours for Samy's Party Bar, which has been cited for such infractions as locking exit doors and exceeding occupancy limits.

Samy's Party Bar may need to change its name after being stripped of its live entertainment and extra hours permits and being fined $1,000 for the slew of liquor code violations it's accumulated over the last year.

Joliet Mayor Tom Giarrante revoked the two permits after the liquor commission ordered the dance club/sports bar at 3151 Voyager Lane closed for seven days for not telling the police about an on-site fight, Deputy Liquor Commissioner Jim Murphy said.

The closure was from Sept. 28 to Oct. 5, Murphy said. The bar owner goes before the commission again Thursday morning for yet another unreported battery case, he said.

As the city's liquor commissioner, Giarrante has the authority to pull all special permits awarded to a liquor license holder at his discretion. In this case, it was punishment for the accumulated infractions that have occurred at the bar, which is located across from the Louis Joliet Mall, Murphy said.

Those violations included locking or padlocking exit doors, exceeding the maximum occupancy limit, failing to post the occupant load sign near the main exit, and not reporting numerous cases of battery and disorderly conduct inside the bar and in the parking lot, he said.

As a result of the mayor's decision, Samy's will no longer be allowed to have live music, be it a band or a DJ, and is mandated to close midnight Sunday, 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday and 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. The permit had allowed them to extend their closing time by an hour.

Murphy said every time a violation is discovered or reported, a Joliet police detective conducts an investigation in which witnesses are interviewed and on-site visits conducted to determine its validity. It's a process that can take weeks, and each case triggers a hearing, he said.

"In any jurisdiction, a liquor license is a privilege," Murphy said. "Permits are given at the discretion of the mayor, not the liquor commission, and can be taken away at his discretion. (His decision) cannot be appealed to the state."

Murphy added that bar owners mistakenly think it's smarter not to call the police when there's a fight at their business in order to avoid bad publicity, but the penalties are worse if they're cited by the city and penalized by the liquor commission.

paco October 11, 2012 at 12:37 PM
John Roberts October 11, 2012 at 01:30 PM
It's not the building,it's people...people are stupid..they can not go out have a good time...Someone always has to play tough guy,people wonder why there are so many laws...because of your very own actions...What this did is cut out a lot of tax revenue.cut some jobs,and gave a bad name to a business that's just in the business of giving people what they ask for...then thoes same people get ungrateful,act like a bunch of clown and say it was alcohol...lack of self responsibility is the main problem...
Tom Cooper October 11, 2012 at 02:14 PM
I did not realize if a bar controlled a fight that they had to report it to police anyway. Please someone explain that-if a fight breaks out at a bar-bar breaks it up-kicks the people out-they still have to report it? I have seen altercations at plenty of establishments where security handled it well and no police were called-so I guess that's a violation.
Infamous Steve October 11, 2012 at 03:06 PM
This places suck anyway. They pretty much had thier own rule book to enter there after 8 P.M. Went there one time to watch a play off game and was told we couldn't stay because we had on Sox jerseys. When we said we were leaving they said it was ok but we had to leave when the game was over....So we left then and found another "Sports bar" that would let us in with jerseys. Another time I was asked to tuck my grandfather's dog tags into my shirt....that one was the last straw and marked the last time I went into that sh^thole. It would be great to see them lose their license altogether. So much goes on in there the city doesn't know about. I saw 2 people one night within 15 minutes of each other just pass out and hit the floor. the one guy smashed his face off the bathroom floor. They were part of the same group and all that happened was they were made to leave. I wont be surprised when someone dies there.
George Perros October 12, 2012 at 02:08 AM
The owner of Samy’s must of not paid off Mayor Giarrante like the owners of places like Jameson’s and Crow’s Nest. Those places have had shootings and stabbings with minors drinking in them and they are still operating at normal levels.
Sula October 29, 2012 at 10:51 PM
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