DOVER — Following about two-and-a-half hours of testimony before Dover’s Department of Planning & Inspection on Monday, the reopening of Irish Mike’s Olde Towne Pub remains in limbo.
David Hugg, the department’s director, will ideally make the determination about whether the business will be permitted to open again in the next day or two, said Mayor Robin Christiansen.
This comes after Irish Mike’s business license was withdrawn and its liquor license suspended Sept. 10. The actions were taken as a "matter of public safety," said the mayor, after Dover police reported to the establishment 35 times between May 14 and Sept. 4.
If Mr. Hugg determines that the business license should be permanently revoked, the owner of the pub, at 107 W. Loockerman St., will have the opportunity to repeal the decision before City Council.
If council determines the license should remain withdrawn, the owner could then schedule a hearing with the Kent County Court of Chancery.
Irish Mike’s liquor license will be automatically reinstated if its business license is returned — without need for a hearing.
The establishment is owned by Kevin Howard, who is legal represented by Sean Lynn of Benton Lynn Law.