Bar supporters pack Youngstown council meeting

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Supporters of Cricket’s Bar and Grille on Midlothian Boulevard packed Wednesday night’s Youngstown City Council meeting.

Seventh Ward Councilman John Swierz was working to get the restaurant’s liquor license revoked even though during an interview he said that is not really what he wanted to happen.

“But what I think it does is make people sit up and take notice. If that accomplishes what we need to accomplish, then it was well worth doing it,” Swierz said.

If council voted to approve a recommendation to revoke the bar’s liquor license, the Ohio Division of Liquor Control would have had the final say. City Council can only suggest places they feel should have the permits taken away.

Instead, council members suggested the business, neighbors and city all work on a solution.

“I think us sitting down with our councilman and neighbors to air concerns is a fantastic idea,” Crickets manager Amanda Piatt said.

Piatt said they have tried to work with Swierz in the past.

“We feel we have done everything we can to appease our neighbors and stay within the rule of the law. And it’s not good enough,” she said.

Swierz said the reason he has not attended any meetings before when they were announced on Facebook is because the bar is “not the right atmosphere to have a serious meeting.”

The main reason for complaints from residents is noise. But according to police reports, every time officers went to the bar, noise was not an issue.

“Even though there was not a written violation does not mean they were not doing things very close and was causing people to be concerned,” Swierz said.

The bar will enclose its patio to avoid any possible noise complaints.

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