Club 69 Closed, Police Say

By: Sara Geake Email
By: Sara Geake Email

Grand Island police say a local bar with a troubled past has closed its doors.

Club 69 was opened to the public for the last time on Saturday, according to police.

Last December the Grand Island City Council voted to recommend to deny the club's liquor license.

Owner Nickie Kallos was still set to go before the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission, but-according to police-he instead decided to close his doors.

Cigarette butts litter the sidewalk, remnants of Club 69's last weekend.

"We did get a hold of the State Patrol. We brought a few extra troopers in to town to assist us," said Grand Island Police Captain Robert Falldorf. "We did do several bar checks in the area, however it sounds like it was a pretty calm weekend."

That's far from how police describe many weekends at the establishment.

In a report to the G.I. City Council in December, the department listed 315 calls for service at Club 69 in three years, including assaults, stabbings, and warrants.

"It was an officer safety issue and the calls were becoming more and more frequent, and kind of a burden on our shifts," said Falldorf.

Though police believe the club is closed for good, Falldorf says its problems may not disappear.

"We know that patrons will probably go to other establishments," he said. "We do a little better these days in liquor investigations. We like to have contact with the owners and liquor manager ahead of time so we can kind of let them know what our policies are and problems will not be tolerated, and if we do have problems with other establishments we will aggressively enforce the liquor codes."

Kallos did not return calls from 10/11 Monday. In the past he has blamed police for his business problems, saying they "picked on" him.

According to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission, records did not show that Kallos has turned in his liquor license.

They said, that doesn't mean he hasn't, but a request has not been processed.


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