Escape cuts deal on mystery liquor-license violations

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March 14, 2005 // UPDATED 1:52 pm - April 26, 2007
By: Scott Russell
Scott Russell

Escape Entertainment, Inc., has agreed to pay the city $4,000 to settle a liquor license dispute at its Block E club.

The city said Escape, 600 Hennepin Ave. S., had "violated minimum standards and conditions for holding a liquor license," according to a city report. Escape representatives denied the city's charges, and the written report to the City Council gave no allegation details.

Sgt. Travis Glampe of the Minneapolis Police Licensing Investigation Division said the details are confidential as part of the agreement. The city is satisfied the bar would make appropriate changes, he said.

To settle the matter, Escape approved a nine-point deal that included paying the city $4,000 for its investigative and administrative costs. Escape management also made a presentation to the Bar and Restaurant Downtown Safety Council about overserving alcohol and its impact on the Warehouse District hospitality industry.

Escape also agreed to:

- Continue to make best efforts to ensure it does not serve alcohol to minors or serve alcohol to anyone who is obviously intoxicated. (If Escape violates this provision within two months of the agreement, it would submit to a two-day license suspension.);

- Continue to maintain an electronic system to verify patrons' age and identity; and

- Maintain its current "do not admit" list to track those individuals who have caused problems in the past and share the list with the city upon request.