Liquor license revoked at controversial U City bar -

Liquor license revoked at controversial U City bar

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University City officials revoked the liquor license of a recently-opened bar that features topless waitresses with body paint.

The move came at a special meeting of city officials Monday night. Social House opened its Delmar Loop location Friday despite opposition from nearby residents, businesses owners and city officials. The bar features topless waitresses with body paint. Another location is already open in Soulard.

Officials also went to a judge to try and obtain a restraining order to prevent Social House from opening.

University City officials had previously explored other ways of trying to stop Social House from opening such as ordinance changes and making it difficult for the operator to get the proper permits.

The owner of the building that is home to Social House said he will not renew the operator’s lease which expires in March, 2017.

A church is also trying to shut the restaurant down. Trinity Presbyterian Church on Washington Avenue, not far from the Loop, filed a complaint Monday morning with University City police arguing the bar is breaking a state law. The church believes the restaurant is a sexually-oriented business and is too close to a house of worship.

The church said it not opposed to Social House on moral grounds but believes it is bad for the neighborhood.

University City’s manager said Social House is in violation of several city codes and will be fined $1,000 a day for every code violation.

The bar will have a chance to persuade officials to re-instate its liquor license at a hearing Friday.

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