City pulls licence for Mill Woods bar
A bar in the Mill Woods area of southeast Edmonton has had its licence to operate permanently revoked, city officials announced Tuesday.
The Windmill Pub in Millbourne Shopping Centre is being forced to shut down on Thursday after repeated incidents of violence and other problems.
"There's been about 67 calls for [police]," said Sgt. Gary Godziuk, co-ordinator of the city's Public Safety Compliance Team.
"Everything from serious violent weapon offences, stabbings, bear spray, 20-people-on-one person … large-scale fights that are happening."
The owners of the pub were given numerous warnings, but refused to make any move to change things, said Godziuk.
"It got to a point where we were obligated to act with some enforcement and some consequences for the betterment of the community."
The owners of the bar were not available for comment. They have 14 days to appeal the loss of their licence to city council.
The Public Safety Compliance Team was set up on Jan. 1, 2007, after complaints that the city did not have a co-ordinated approach to monitoring bars for safety, compliance with liquor laws, and overcrowding.
Now investigators from the fire department, city planning, police and Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission work together to deal with bars and nightclubs, said Mark Garret, manager of development compliance for the city.
"We are serious about taking steps to curb violence in and around bars and will no longer tolerate business practices that put staff, patrons and the community at risk."
Last month the city handed out a three-month suspension to Smokin' Joes, a pub in the city's northeast, for repeated violations, including dozens of incidents over the past year in which police were called.