Cube Ultra Lounge in Council Bluffs is among six bars in the state facing complaints from the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division for violations of Gov. Kim Reynolds’ emergency public health disaster proclamation that put in place safety guidelines related to COVID-19.
The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division said in early September, Cube failed to comply by “failing to ensure at least 6 feet of physical distance between each group or individual dining or drinking alone; and/or, failing to ensure that all patrons had a seat at a table or bar.”
Other bars cited for violations are: Bo-James in Iowa City, Xcaret Club and Lounge and Shotgun Betty’s in West Des Moines and Knights of Pythias — Furgerson Lodge No. 5 and Edo’s Sports Bar in Waterloo.
Each location faces a civil penalty and has the right to appeal the complaint, the division said.
The division has not issued a final order, which would likely include the fine amount, on the complaint.
Cube Ultra Lounge’s attorney Deb Petersen said the bar is reviewing the complaint and has no comment at this time.
Cube was fined $500 in July 2015 for serving a minor and fined $500 in December 2014 for selling alcohol during the prohibited hours of 2 to 6 a.m.
In February 2019, the Council Bluffs City Council voted 3-2 to renew the bar’s liquor license at the conclusion of a marathon meeting. The Council Bluffs Police Department had advised the council to deny the license in large part because of the number of service calls at the bar that resulted in arrests.