Friday, April 8, 2016

Tropical Liqueurs Can Stay Open For Now, Judge Rules

Posted By on Fri, Apr 8, 2016 at 6:50 AM

Tropical Liqueurs, beloved in Columbia, opened its Soulard outpost in August 2015. - PHOTO BY KRISTIE MCCLANAHAN
  • Tropical Liqueurs, beloved in Columbia, opened its Soulard outpost in August 2015.

For Tropical Liqueurs, the stay of execution came down to the eleventh hour.

Just two days before the embattled slushie joint was set to serve its last drink in Soulard, a judge issued a preliminary order yesterday that will allow the bar to stay open.

The ruling was issued by St. Louis City Circuit Court Judge Joan Moriarty.

According to a press release from the bar's owners, they will be able to keep serving drinks in Soulard while the city's liquor license ruling undergoes a judicial review. And that will give them time to search for a new location — one that is "eager to have Trops."

A city hearing officer had yanked the seven-month-old bar's license last month after complaints from neighbors. But Trops' owners had charged that racism was to blame for much of the uproar.

According to the press release:

The purpose of the current order is to maintain the status quo, and requires that the owners continue their voluntary efforts to work with neighbors, including closing at midnight, not allowing to-go cocktails and keeping current additional security in place.

Since last fall, the owners have taken multiple steps to work with neighbors at their Soulard location including:

• Stopping all take-out cocktails
• Closing at midnight despite being permitted to stay open until 1:30 a.m.
• Turning patio music off by 11 p.m. every evening
• Posting signage and placing cones to improve public parking
• Hiring additional security from 9 p.m. until close on Friday and Saturdays
• Placing a doorman at the door
• Hiring staff to consistently clear trash around the exterior of the business
The owners say they have no plans to pull out of St. Louis.

“The future is exciting, and we’re looking forward to moving into a neighborhood that is eager to have Trops,” co-owner Billy Thompson said. “We are currently in negotiations for a new location that will be even better for the business and our guests.”

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