Maria Sangria Set To Change Name

Maria Sangria restaurant lounge's troubled past is well known.

"We have noticed a lot of issues, a lot of problems. And any time you have a high police presence in any particular area where you are at, that is not a good thing," said Brandon Henery, Michael's General Manager.

Michael's is just down the block from Maria Sangria. They have been open 36 years. Twenty-six of those years on 11th and Harney and during that time they've never had a license problem.

Maria Sangria's track record is not the same. From brawls just outside the bar to a canceled liquor license, the city has called this lounge a "problem business."

WOWT Six News just dug up a new issue.

Currently everyone knows this restaurant lounge as Maria Sangria. But come New Year's Eve, it's going to be called: Mix Cocktails on Tap.

We found this information on a facebook page created three days ago.

The address on the Facebook page is the same as Maria Sangria location. The problem, the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission doesn't have record of the change.

That name switch isn't allowed unless approved by the commission.

"If they open up without the change on the license and sell one drop of alcohol they are in complete violation of all liquor laws in the state of Nebraska," said Henery.

Already with their liquor license under judicial review, neighboring establishments are tired of what they see as this place trying to skirt the rules.

Omaha police said they plan to have more officers on New Year's Eve, but don't plan to target any particular establishments.

Maria Sangria's management declined to comment.

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