Two troubled West Allis bars agree to changes

March 18, 2009

Two bars in hot water with the city of West Allis have come to terms on issues that prompted complaints.

The owner of Lenny's, 6309 W. National Ave., reached an agreement with the city to voluntarily close from Sunday, April 26, through Tuesday, May 5.

The License and Health Committee last month issued a summons and complaint to the tavern's owner, Leonard Malan, because of a high number of police calls and underage people in the bar and a failure to call police during disturbances.

In a letter to the committee, Malan said he would not contest the statements made in the city's complaint but said certain allegations "were not my fault and beyond my control."

Malan will also switch the tavern's music to country western and will not let anyone in their early 20s into the bar, said Alderman Michael Czaplewski, who is chairman of the committee.

Scotty's Pub, 6500 W. Greenfield Ave., also facing disciplinary action from the city for alleged illicit activities, has decided to change its management and its name. The tavern will be called 6500 Bar & Grill.

The city contemplated permanently or temporarily closing Scotty's Pub after state agents and local police searched the bar Dec. 18. They found marijuana, numerous drug paraphernalia, dozens of illegal prescription pills, two video gambling machines and alcohol purchased in violation of state law, according the complaint.

More recently, Peter Crivello surrendered his liquor license and the new management has promised city officials that Scott Jesion, who previously managed the bar, would no longer be involved with the tavern.

Subsequently, the Common Council last night granted a liquor license to Jill Huennekens, who works part-time at Scotty's and also has experience at the Chancery in Wauwatosa.

But the liquor license committee also issued a stern warning that Huennekens will be "under the microscope."

"Right now, you're getting your warning," Alderman Gary Barczak told her at the committee meeting. "We're putting faith in you, we're putting our trust in you and we believe … you're going to run a good ship."

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