Cocktailz bar owner pushing to have business license returned

Posted at 11:32 PM, Apr 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-14 23:32:42-04

WYOMING, Mich–A popular Wyoming bar could be getting their business license back according to sources.

Two weeks ago, the city of Wyoming suspended Cocktailz Bar and Grill’s license over concerns of disorderly conduct and recurring crime after police went to city leaders.

The city commission formed a three person committee to decide whether the bar’s business license should be revoked.

A hearing was held Thursday, where the committee recommended that the city council restore the license as long as certain checks and balances are in place, according to the attorney for the bar’s owner, Bob VanderLaan.

“Both sides are committed in putting together plans to maintain safety,” Bob VanderLaan said Thursday.

He told FOX 17 Thursday that for the next six months, any police calls regarding Cocktailz will be monitored by a three member hearing committee.

According to police authorities, the city and bar owner are planning to enhance security.

According to VanderLaan, Thursday’s hearing lasted around four hours.   Both Wyoming police and some of the bar employees testified.

In addition, a representative from the Michigan Liquor Control Commission testified as well.

“Katie is committed in running the place she has been running since she took it over in January,” said VanderLaan.

Monday night at 7 p.m, a recommendation will be made at a city commission hearing.

We’re told the bar could have their business license reinstated as early as Tuesday if city leaders give it the go.