Bar Louie's operators don't have to pay the price that other bar owners do when they forget to file their applications for liquor license renewals. Bar Louie's operators turned the heat up on alderman, got five of them to call for a special meeting, and got its liquor license. No lost income for Bar Louie.
Aldermen got their vacations interrupted for the special meeting.
America's Second Harvest, according to the Journal Sentinel, will get a "significant donation" (let's hope there was no deal worked out on that before the meeting) and Milwaukee residents got a rather unsettling view of their local government at work.
The lesson: if you are going to forget to renew your liquor license, make sure you are wealthy enough to hire a very politically-connected lawyer to take your case to the local politicians. If you are a solo operator of a corner bar, you likely are out of luck.
Or maybe not. Now that the precedent has been so nicely set, will the city be able to avoid legal liability if it says 'no' to other bar owners that want financial forgiveness for late license renewals?