Kam's to shut down for three weeks after penalties from city

Kam's to shut down for three weeks after penalties from city

A popular University of Illinois campustown bar is closing its doors for three weeks after being penalized by the city of Champaign for allowing people who are underage to enter the business and for serving minors.

Champaign Mayor Don Gerard, who's also the city's Liquor Commissioner, said Kam's, located at 618 East Daniel Street, will shut down for three weeks starting on Friday.

Gerard said other penalties leveled against the bar include a fine of $3,000 and a 21-year-old mandatory entry age until the end of the school year.  The entry age is normally 19.

Gerard said the owner of Kam's accepted the penalties without asking for a hearing.  He said off-duty employees were knowingly bringing in underage customers into the bar, and that was a big concern.

Gerard also said the city had to send a message to bars that it's serious about liquor laws being followed.

Representatives for Kam's could not be reached for comment.

Gerard said there are some issues with other campus bars.  But he said overall, the city is pleased with the compliance by those establishments.

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Joe American wrote on December 19, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Maybe now one will note a faint yet brief reprieve in the odor of stale beer and vomit while walking down Daniels Street.

dontquit wrote on December 19, 2012 at 4:12 pm

They are shut down anyway. Its winter break. 

mbranh559 wrote on December 19, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Mr. Mayor...    This is not punishment.  You're just going through the motions.  They shut down during Christmas break anyway.  Make them shut down when the students are actually in town.

cuvoter wrote on December 19, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Isn't 21 entry pretty much a killer for them? Any bar that has tried that has backed off it almost immediately. 

SaintClarence27 wrote on December 20, 2012 at 2:12 pm

If 21 entry is a killer, that's indicative of underage serving. Bars don't make money on soda (or much money, anyway). I don't think 21 entry is much of a punishment at all, and, as said above, aren't they closed during break (or at least planned to run slowly) anyway?