Troubled Bar Being Shut Down

It’s just about last call for a troubled Old Market bar. The Omaha City Council voted Tuesday to pull the Occupancy Certificate of Maria Sangria. That will force the doors to close by Friday.

The Omaha Police Department provided video during the council meeting showing surveillance they had conducted. They sent undercover officers in to find out how it operates. Officers say they witnessed people coming out of the business and getting into fights.

The owner of Michaels in the Market said, “We have noticed a dip in our business. We have noticed that people don't like to come to our part of the Old Market as much anymore because they don't feel safe. My employees have called me because they don't feel safe outside to leave the restaurant."

There were people speaking in favor of allowing Maria Sangria to keep going. There was talk of police getting too fierce with patrons and the owner of Maria Sangria.

Councilman Ben Gray said it wouldn’t have come to this had the business just followed the rules.


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