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September 4, 2009

Greektown bar punished for unlicensed adult activity, public urination

This is almost too bizarre to be true. Almost.

Yesterday, the liquor board had a hearing to determine the fate of the Greektown bar Azteca de Oro (4901 Eastern Ave.), which had a series of wild, unruly incidents this summer.

Liquor board inspectors paid two visits to Azteca de Oro this summer -- first on July 25 and again Aug. 25. The first time, the inspector walked in and saw a nearly naked woman being fondled by several men ...

According to Stephan Fogleman, chairman of the Board of Liquor License Comissioners, the inspector told the woman to put some clothes on. The woman said all her clothes were in her car outside, and if she went out there to get them, she'd be arrested for indecent exposure. They had to have someone retrieve the woman's clothes for her.

The second time a liquor board inspector dropped by Azteca de Oro, patrons were carrying open containers outside the bar in plain view of the bouncers. They were also urinating on the steps of neighboring buildings -- including the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox church.

When the owners came before the liquor board, they admitted to the offenses but weren't apologetic, Fogleman said.

"It was almost unrepentant and certainly nonchalant," he said.

The liquor board suspended Azteca de Oro's license for six months, and did not offer a stay of appeal.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 10:25 AM | | Comments (22)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


I'm glad they suspended their liquor license! This bar is a few blocks from my house and always has a loud, obnoxious crowd of drunk people outside the front of it.

That is sad...Greektown was once a great community. I'm almost afraid to even walk around there anymore.

Um, is it weird that this is so bizzare it kinda makes me want to go by there in 6 months?

Kate, let's do this. See you in March.

But if you guys go there in March, do you think you'll see April?

Is that what they're calling it these days?

hahahaha Zink!

If these stories were in a movie with Steve Buscemi, we would all say Hey that's a cool bar.

What I find implausible is peeing on steps. In my long history of public urination I have never done so on steps of any kind.. Nobody does. Corners, walls, alleys etc, yes. Steps? That's just showboating.

so this was open and shut with a suspension, but suite is remains open and most likely will continue their hate crime terror in mt. vernon. i see how this makes sense.

bill, when i told a friend about this, he said:

the patrons should have fired shots. then they wouldn't have gotten suspended!

ha or primitively throw bricks at people.

that's what my friends and i like to do after a long night out, toss around the ole brickskin.

I just had the same thought as Bill. Yes it seems good that this place has had their license suspended, but what the heck?! The close a place for this kind of stuff but Suite Ultralounge is still open?!

i think the liquor board has to tread lightly around suite because they know the "r" card may be played. maybe azteca is just the being made an example so that the board can come down hard on suite. is it correct that azteca and suite have the same lawyer?

I'm glad to hear the liquor board decided to suspend their license. I live about 2 blocks from there and wish the liquor board would consider looking into Charo Negro bar. They are loud, extremely rowdy, destructive and often times relieve themselves on nearby stoops and alleys.

actually, i think suite actually taught them a lesson NOT to allow for an appeal...we all have seen what happened there...gets drawn out forrrrever.

so i take it as a positive to see they aren't allowing for appeals at these places anymore.

I've seen peeing on steps (I've known some crude people). The church is a new twist, though.

But "unlicensed adult activity"? You need a license to fondle a nearly naked woman? You can get a license to do such a thing? On or off the steps of a church?

I think I read that the Liquor Board decided after the debacle around Suite Ultralounge that they would no longer allow places to stay open pending the appeals, because of how long it's taking them to shut the place down.

And yes, Pete Prevas is representing both places. Coincedentally, his office is also one floor above the Liquor Board's office.

Why does unbridled adolescent behavior with sex/sexual overtones get called "Adult Activity"? Whatever happenned to lewd and indecent?

They "only" got their license suspended for six months not revoked?
Public wimps at work!

Apparently this bar doesn't pay off the LIQUOR BOARD. You want to see real problems check out CHEERLEADERS in Fells Point Ms. Dixon!! Multiple violations - bar room brawls - underage drinking (busted 5 times in 2009) - ALMOST FORGOT, RAIDED BY THE ATF. That's right Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms. But the Liquor board refused to suspend their license!!!!!!!! Wish I was on that payroll..

They should of revoked the liquir license permently,.its a very rough crowd,..that turns patrons away from from other bussiness in the area

I am so happy they suspended their liqour license. I think they should permanently close the place down. I went there one time and the 'bartenders' were barley wearing any clothes, then later they stripped untill they were completely naked! It was the worst experience, I had no idea the place was like that. (not to mention there are Always fights there!)

After reading these comments (especially Elizabeth) this is a place I may need to visit. Spectacles like the ones described here are difficult to find in this day and age.

Regarding Suite, the fact that they continue to have a license is the result of some great legal arguments by their attorney before the Circuit Court, not the liquor board. The liquor board took their license away, but had failed to enact provisions for the removal of bottle club licenses (which the club had). The Liquor Board has policies for the removal of licenses from regular taverns as well as adult entertainment licenses. A subtle but important difference to a lawyer.

Regarding the suspension of the license while an appeal is pending, the liquor board certainly has the authority to grant the stay, but you should not be surprised if the circuit court, under it's power in the Maryland Rules, grants a stay of enforcement prior to rendering its decision, which likely could take months.

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