Presidente denied liquor license as police cite ongoing issues

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) -- The Green Bay City Council denied the renewal of a liquor license for Presidente restaurant in downtown Green Bay.

Police Chief Andrew Smith cited several ongoing issues in and outside the bar over the last year, including several cases of underage drinking, fighting, and the business being open after hours.

Chief Smith also says the federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives confiscated several thousand dollars' worth of alcohol from the establishment that was being sold illegally.

"Are you aware that some of your neighboring business has focused their cameras on your business instead of their business because the problems in front of that place are coming from El Presidente?” asked Chief Smith at Monday’s city council meeting.

Owner Marco La Porta says he’s owned the restaurant for about two years and hired Dubline Entertainment to manage the bar while he took care of the restaurant. He also owns Casa Mexico in Two Rivers and lives there.

He cut ties with the entertainment company in September after he says they made a “mess of the place.”

“I will try to do the appeal and see if I can get to convince them. If I probably get rid of the upper part because I’m tired, too. I can’t handle that anymore,” said La Porta.

The owner has ten days to appeal the non-renewal.

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