Dayton takes action against bars, carryout

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The city of Dayton has officially objected to a handful of liquor license requests from businesses officials say operated irresponsibly and caused repeated disruptions.

Dayton commissioners on Wednesday passed six resolutions opposing liquor permits being issued, transferred or renewed for Club Vex, A1 Food Mart and the owners of D. Anthony’s Grille and Club 22.

The objections will be submitted to the state liquor control board, which decides whether to reject or revoke liquor requests.

City leadership said they are quite confident the businesses will lose the right to sell alcohol in Dayton.

“We only take the most serious cases in the city and send them to liquor control, and I think you can see our history of success to see what’s going to happen here,” Mayor Nan Whaley recently said.

The Dayton commission on Wednesday had the second reading of legislation continuing an objection to the liquor permit renewal for A1 Food Mart at 272 Linden Ave., as well as the issuance of a liquor permit for Nimesh Patel and the transfer of his liquor permit.

Dimpal Patel and his wife owned the convenience store. They were convicted of buying what they thought were stolen goods and selling the items at their store for a big markup.

Police said the Patels wanted to sell or transfer their liquor permit before it could be revoked by the state.

The city also objected to the liquor renewals of Steven Ross Sr. doing business as Club 22 and Delven Parks doing business as D. Anthony’s Grille.

Club 22, 2217 N. James H. McGee Blvd., was the site of a shooting that injured multiple people, but bar staff refused to cooperate with a police investigation, officials said.

Parks’ business at 2404 E. Third St. once operated as Club Expressions, which last year was a scene of fight that resulted in a DJ being cut. In 2014, a teenager’s unborn son died after she was beaten in the club’s parking lot.

Also, police in 2012 executed a drug raid on the club, which officials said was operating illegally.

Club Vex, 101 S. St Clair St., has been the source of a variety of police calls, including one earlier this year involving a woman who claimed she was hit in the head with a liquor bottle. In January, a woman was trampled and injured after shots were fired outside the club.

In May 2014, police arrested two men after guns were fired near the night club. In fall 2013, a man was shot dead in the parking lot of Arby’s just south of Vex after a large crowd emptied out of the establishment.

Last week, the longtime owner of the Vex property and the holder of its liquor license, Scott Edsall, asked the city to reconsider and withdraw its objection.

He said he is willing to work with the city to address officials’ concerns.

But Mayor Whaley told this newspaper that the club has been a consistent source of neighborhood problems and has not prevented criminal activities.

“It’s not a safe place and it’s not working with the city …” she said.

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