- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 29, 2014

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - The owner of a Council Bluffs bar that appeared on a reality television show has argued against the City Council’s decision to deny its liquor license because of conduct on the program.

Matt Overmyer of the O Face Bar appeared before an administrative judge Monday as part of the appeal process to the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division, the Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil reported (https://bit.ly/1s1owhw ). The bar can continue serving alcohol while the appeal is being processed.

Overmyer’s business was recently featured on the Spike TV show “Bar Scene” about reinventing struggling bars. The City Council cited actions seen on the March episode in denying the bar’s liquor license renewal in May. Those actions include multiple fights and the use of profanity.

Overmyer claims producers for the show encouraged his staff to engage in staged fights and disorderly conduct for the cameras. He added, “I understand how it looks, but we are good, honest people who run a safe business.”

Messages left for Spike TV and its parent company Viacom were not immediately returned, the newspaper reported.

Overmyer cited the bar’s previous successful inspections.

“All we’re asking for is a second chance to prove … that we are not those people and never have been,” he said.

The administrative judge has 30 days to issue a ruling on the appeal.


Information from: The Daily Nonpareil, https://www.nonpareilonline.com

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