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.