Park 6 owner Thomas Holmes in 2008, shortly after the bar opened at the corner of Park and Sixth streets.
The Park 6 on Sixth Street is in danger of being shut down after a shooting outside of the bar last weekend.
The City Council's Public Safety and Licensing Committee voted unanimously Monday to begin the process to revoke the controversial bar's liquor license. Alderman Bob Mozol made the motion.
"Every day this place stays open increases the chances of someone getting killed here," Mozol said.
A security guard was shot in the leg early Sunday morning on Sixth Street. Three suspects were arrested in Kenosha about 45 minutes after the shooting. No charges have been filed.
The Public Safety Committee strongly backed Mozol's lead.
"This is impossible to ignore," said Alderman Aron Wisneski, chairman of the committee.
Alderman David Maack said, without city action, "We're going to have a major problem."
Alderman Jim Kaplan said Park 6's owner hasn't followed through on steps to reduce the potential for problems. "We've been promised so many things and none of them have been followed through on," he said.
Alderman Eric Marcus said he agreed with Mozol. "We need to take action before someone gets killed," he said.
The committee also reviewed three police incidents at Park Six on May 7 and noted the police department's Gang Crime Diversion Task Force monitored a private party at the bar. Past incidents, plus the shooting, give the city a strong enough case to rescind the license, Wisneski said.
The only debate the committee had was whether to revoke the license or simply not renew it when it comes due on July 1. City Attorney Rob Weber said both processes have the same timelines and, essentially, the same potential outcomes.
The committee's decision now goes to the full council for approval. If it's approved, the city's prosecutor will build a case against Park 6 and then serve them with revocation papers.
If the license is revoked, owner Thomas Holmes can't apply for another liquor license in the city for 11 months and another business can't apply for a liquor license at the Park 6 address, 500 6th St., for 11 months.
Holmes did not attend Monday's committee meeting.
See photos of Park 6 here.