DEARBORN — A bar in west Dearborn criticized by a city official last week for attracting unruly crowds will face a hearing that could result in the revocation of the business’ liquor license.
City Council President Pro Tem Tom Tafelski has called Post Bar, located on Michigan Ave., a “public nuisance.” The city played a key role in the closing of two similar businesses on Michigan Ave. in recent months.
Tafelski was prompted to call for the bar’s closing following a brawl outside the business in early April that saw “multiple fights, bottles being thrown and gunfire after 2 a.m.” and required police response “from all available units.”
The city has set an nuisance abatement hearing — the second in two months — for May 8, as well as a May 10 hearing regarding the possible revocation of the liquor license, according to Councilman David Bazzy.
Although the decision to revoke a liquor license is ultimately made by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission, the commissioners heavily lean on recommendations from local officials.
A previous nuisance abatement hearing took place on March 29. At the time, the city and the bar’s owners, Moe and Jeannette Charara, agreed that the owners would pay for night time police patrol outside their business, City Attorney Debbie Walling told the Detroit Free Press. But Walling said the couple “balked” after learning how costly the police overtime could be — reportedly as much as $14,000 per month.
Tamer Alwerfalli, the building’s owner, told The AANews last week that although the management agrees with the city on certain enforced ordinances, he’s selling the building because of the persistent harassment from the city and police.
“They come whenever they want, scare the customers away and then send us a bill for $14,000,” he said.
Alwerfalli said he has a hunch about the city’s true motivations when it comes to establishments like his, but had always avoided “pulling the race card.”
It’s not that the city is seeking to close down business owned by Arab Americans, but ones with a majority of African American customers in that area, he said.
Michael Bsharah, a spokesperson for Tafelski’s campaign for Dearborn mayor, said last week that it would be absurd to attribution violence at the bar to any specific ethnic or racial group.
“It is the fact of violence that Councilman Tafelski is denouncing, not from whom or where it’s coming,” he said.