Saturday, August 29, 2015

Dancing Dog Liquor License Revoked

Alexandria Bay:

The NYS Alcohol Beverage Control Board whisked away the Dancing Dog Nightclub liquor license.
The reason for the revocation seems to involve a church proximity clause. It is all mumbo jumbo to me.
Bottom line is this....

The Dancing Dog has not violated any of the laws that would normally result in license revocation. 
Our Community does not need another business closed or crippled.

There is a petition circulating To Reopen The Dancing Dog Nightclub. You can sign the petition at the Dancing Dog Cafe, which is still open and serving meals daily.....


Bloggers Note: My purpose for making this post was to let as many people know that the Dancing Dog was in trouble. I and many others feel that the decision of the ABC BOARD was made in haste and without due process. Anytime a state or federal agency usurps "Due Process" it becomes everyone's concern


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6 comments:

Mike Joyce @ Hargrave said...

Did anybody request ABC to disclose what triggered this action? The Dancing Dog was in business a long time with a lot of happy customers of all ages. Something triggered it and it may not have been a church action of any kind.

Dan said...

It sounds like B.S. to me. A church proximity clause? Then why did the SLA give them a license in the first place. They say a bar cannot be within a certain distance from a church. But in this case it would be after the fact.

Not from your area, but always nice to visit A-Bay and the North Country.

Dave Martin said...

So tell us the truth, why did they lose the license.

Michael Goerger said...

the property at the dancing dog has been a bar since 1897 founded by Dutch Haas
his family owned and for a time rented the bar to other proprietors . The building has never been used for any other purpose than a bar . There is a 200 foot rule door to door from a church since 1934 when the ABC liquor board was founded
there is a grandfather clause .if the property and bar was established prior to December 5 1933 the rule does not apply . There are many newspaper articles written before 1933 regarding the Haas family bar .
The property should be GRANDFATHERED
Moreover, the second bar at the dancing dog is located at 5 Walton street and not in violation of the 200 foot rule the bars are connected to each other and have both been licensed this way for many many years . Other than grandfather's an additional solution exists .The county has approved removing the corner door at 45 church which is within 200 feet of the church. The church has written a letter in favor of the bar being reopened , stating the church and bar have coexisted for decades. therefore the dancing dog move the main entry to next door 5 Walton and would make the legal entrance in compliance of the 200 foot rule .
the sad thing is the cafe corner entrance would be eliminated and the breakfast patrons would have to walk down Walton street to enter . We pray the ABC board grandfather's the building for the good of everybody .

Michael Goerger said...

the property at the dancing dog has been a bar since 1897 founded by Dutch Haas
his family owned and for a time rented the bar to other proprietors . The building has never been used for any other purpose than a bar . There is a 200 foot rule door to door from a church since 1934 when the ABC liquor board was founded
there is a grandfather clause .if the property and bar was established prior to December 5 1933 the rule does not apply . There are many newspaper articles written before 1933 regarding the Haas family bar .
The property should be GRANDFATHERED
Moreover, the second bar at the dancing dog is located at 5 Walton street and not in violation of the 200 foot rule the bars are connected to each other and have both been licensed this way for many many years . Other than grandfather's an additional solution exists .The county has approved removing the corner door at 45 church which is within 200 feet of the church. The church has written a letter in favor of the bar being reopened , stating the church and bar have coexisted for decades. therefore the dancing dog move the main entry to next door 5 Walton and would make the legal entrance in compliance of the 200 foot rule .
the sad thing is the cafe corner entrance would be eliminated and the breakfast patrons would have to walk down Walton street to enter . We pray the ABC board grandfather's the building for the good of everybody .

Wendy LaLonde said...

No matter what the issue is, I find it ridiculous that the State would close a small business during their busiest weeks. So much for New York loves business.