Iowa Bar to Temporarily Close, Not Over COVID-19 Violation

ANKENY, Iowa - An Iowa bar is being ordered to close, but not over a COVID-19 violation.

The Surf District Rock n' Roll Grill in Clear Lake has been ordered to serve a 21-day suspension for refilling used liquor bottles..

The Alcoholic Beverages Division says reusing and refilling liquor bottles is a public health and safety issue.

“Protecting public health and safety is paramount in our regulation efforts. Reusing and refilling an alcohol container directly puts public health and safety at risk,” said ABD Regulatory Compliance Bureau Chief Josh Happe.

An administrative law judge issued a decision Monday. A complaint was filed against the bar back in July.

The bar has 30 days to appeal the decision.

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