I would like to thank the Menomonie City Council for Friday’s action that denied a request to transfer the liquor license of the Rehab bar in downtown Menomonie to the agent for three taverns in Eau Claire. Council members said that the transfer wouldn’t achieve the goal of helping reduce the incidence of high risk alcohol consumption and related problems downtown.
I had sent a letter to council members opposing the proposed transfer, saying I was concerned that the transfer would “perpetuate the current high-risk drinking culture that exists at the Rehab.”
The action means that the Rehab officially lost its liquor license on Sunday, July 1.
I indicated in my letter that letting the liquor license expire would “allow the council to carefully consider all applicants’ business plans – especially those based on responsible beverage services — that may be a better fit for the new direction we hope to see in downtown Menomonie.”