A bar in the eastern Iowa town of Wilton is closing for 30 days. Fro’s Pub and Grub is losing its liquor license from June 13th through July 13th. That’s for owner Brian Froehlich’s early refusal to comply with Iowa’s anti-smoking law, which took effect July 1st, 2008.
The Advocate News reports the bar was originally supposed to close for a month a year ago, but that was postponed while Froehlich appealed the penalty. Froehlich says he appealed because most bars get a seven-day closure and a $1,000 fine for violating the law, and he wanted to negotiate.
He says he has now rescinded his appeal for financial reasons. Froehlich says he will renovate the tavern while it’s closed.
By Phil Roberts, Davenport