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Soulard hot spot has liquor license revoked

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The liquor license of a popular Soulard bar was revoked by city officials Thursday.

The Excise Commissioner of St. Louis stripped Tropical Liqueurs, or Trops, of its liquor license. It must stop selling alcohol by April 9.

The decision comes after complaints by neighbors who say overflow crowds were causing problems. Some said crowds would spill into the street, causing traffic problems. Others were worried about safety.

"On one occasion, I did see a guy pull out a gun and put it on top of his car and came out into traffic waiting for his counterpart," said neighbor, Matt Bowers.

Trops owner Billy Thompson said he took steps to satisfy neighbors’ concerns such as hiring security and stopping takeout sales.

Thompson released a statement on the decision, which said in part:

“We are disappointed with Mr. Yarbrough’s decision. When we were selecting a location, Soulard was our top choice because of what a great neighborhood it is. Unfortunately, the time has come for us to start making decisions for the future.”

The owners said they were not expecting this outcome. But they did strongly hint at the possibility of opening another location in the St. Louis area. The owners said they have not started looking for new locations.

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