Dover's Irish Mike's can reopen Oct. 8 but must create plan to ‘correct causes of complaints’

By Leann Schenke
Posted 9/23/21

DOVER — After its business license was pulled and liquor license suspended two weeks ago, Irish Mike’s Olde Towne Pub will be able to open its doors again — given the establishment meets certain conditions.

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Dover's Irish Mike's can reopen Oct. 8 but must create plan to ‘correct causes of complaints’

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DOVER — After its business license was pulled and liquor license suspended two weeks ago, Irish Mike’s Olde Towne Pub will be able to open its doors again — given the establishment meets certain conditions.

Reading from his official decision, David Hugg, the city’s director of planning and inspection, said Thursday that Irish Mike’s will be retroactively suspended for 30 days, beginning Sept. 9, the day the bar closed. The suspension will end Oct. 8.

Irish Mike’s business license was originally withdrawn by the city as a “matter of public safety,” Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen said.

The move followed Dover police being called to the 107 W. Loockerman St. establishment 35 times between May 14 and Sept. 4.

Reinstatement of the business license is contingent on the owner and manager submitting “definitive and enforceable actions to correct and mitigate underlying causes of the prior complaints,” Mr. Hugg read from his decision.

That list will be developed with the Dover Police Department and the city to “come up with some really significant and definitive things to make sure we don’t keep having those kind of problems,” Mr. Hugg said.

Irish Mike’s is owned by Kevin Howard, who is legally represented by Sean Lynn of Benton Lynn Law.

After the business license is reinstated, there will be reviews every 30 days of any complaints received by either DPD, the Dover Fire Marshal’s Office or city code enforcement officers.

Continued incidents may result in “further action to suspend or revoke the business license,” Mr. Hugg read.

He added that there is no timeline on how long the 30-day check-ins will last.

“I’m hoping that after a couple of cycles, we won’t have any reason to continue,” Mr. Hugg said. “It’s really going to be dependent on their ability to get those kinds of bad behaviors under control and for good things to happen there.”

If complaints continue, Mr. Hugg said he will revoke the business license if necessary.

Irish Mike’s has 30 days from Thursday to appeal Mr. Hugg’s decision to City Council if the owner chooses to do so.