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Council renews liquor license at O Face Bar

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The Council Bluffs City Council voted 3-2 to deny a liquor license renewal to O'Face Bar, 2400 Ninth Ave., which was recently featured on the Spike TV show "Bar Rescue."

The Council Bluffs City Council renewed the liquor license of O Face Bar.

The council voted unanimously Monday evening to renew the liquor license of 14 businesses, including O Face Bar, 2400 Ninth Ave.

During the council’s study session, Councilman Al Ringgenberg said that “to say I’m reluctant would be an understatement” about approving the matter.

Council Bluffs Police Chief Tim Carmody reported to the council that O Face Bar incurred two violations in 2016: an assault and not displaying its license properly, which was the result of having a license on file but not having the document.

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City Clerk Jodi Quakenbush said the bar had filed an ownership update with the state, removing Matthew Overmyer from the list of owners. Overmyer, 35, was arrested last month for failing to register as a sex offender. A probation revocation hearing is scheduled for June 8.

On Feb. 4, 2016, Overmyer was arrested and initially pleaded not guilty to second-degree sexual abuse and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse. He later pleaded guilty to lesser charges in January. He received a suspended sentence, but he must register as a sex offender wherever he lives for the rest of his life.

The bar gained national notoriety after its appearance on the TV show “Bar Rescue” in March 2014. It ended with nightlife expert Jon Taffer — who, on the show, tours the country, helping revive struggling bars and restaurants — walking out and refusing to rehabilitate the bar.

The business practices and events depicted in the episode led the council to vote against renewing the bar’s liquor license in May 2014. An administrative law judge reversed that decision in August of that year. Carmody said the police department continues to do yearly checks of businesses that sell alcohol to ensure they’re following the law.

“We’ll continue to monitor it as we do for other (businesses),” Carmody said.

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