INDIANAPOLIS — A popular downtown Indy bar is having its liquor license revoked both by the city and the state, because of its connection to several issues related to violence that happens in the area around it.
Taps & Dolls and Tiki Bob’s Cantina have come under heavy scrutiny by Indianapolis Metro Police over the last three years. During that time officers have been collecting data on both bars and have noticed a pattern.
Most of the people they have arrested around the South Meridian street area have told them that they had been at one of the two bars before taking part in a violent incident, and sometimes those acts of violence have occurred inside the bars themselves.
“IMPD has done a tremendous job gathering all of the criminal activity that has occurred in that area and creating that nexus back to these specific bars,” said Sherry Seiwert, president of Downtown Indy, Inc. “If there were arrests made out on South Meridian street they could tie it back to one of these two bars.”
Seiwert said bar owners need to be held accountable if they are fueling criminal activity in downtown Indianapolis, whether it is directly or indirectly.
Though they are on thin ice, Tiki Bob’s Cantina has been granted a one-year extension of its liquor license. Taps & Dolls was not so lucky, because Seiwert says the bar’s owner, Ryan Greb, had made false statements while under oath in talking about these issues with investigators.
“That coupled with the negative activity definitely put him in a different light,” Seiwert said.
She added that Tiki Bob’s was allowed to keep their liquor license because they came to the table offering solutions to some of the problems.
Overall, Seiwert said it’s disappointing that the state has revoked the liquor license of Taps & Dolls, but also understands why the decision was made.
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