MORRISON – A local bar is pulling its plan to have a beer garden during Paint the Town weekend after objections from the City Council.
At Thursday’s council meeting, Mayor Everett Pannier announced that Hero’s Tap, a Main Street bar, had abandoned its proposal for the beer garden Sept. 21-22 at Community State Bank’s parking lot.
Barbara Bees, a representative of the Paint the Town committee, told the council that Hero’s Tap never informed her group it would operate a beer garden on Saturday afternoon, when families are still painting.
At Monday’s council meeting, Wendy Gallentine of Hero’s Tap said her business had spoken with the committee about the plan. She said the beer garden would start at noon and last much of the night.
The committee, Bees said, would have been fine with a beer garden Saturday night and during the day Sunday because family activities would be over.
“We had strict parameters. We didn’t want liquor served before 5:30 p.m.,” she said. “We weren’t aware of the changes. It was probably just a communication error.”
Some council members had objected to having liquor at a family event and a band playing late into the night.
Bees, a former alderwoman, said the council asked the right questions.
“Your reservations were well-founded,” she said. “We care about this event a lot.”
Pannier said Gallentine of Hero’s Tap decided it wasn’t the proper time to do the beer garden.
“She was very apologetic. She said she felt the Paint the Town committee does an excellent job,” the mayor said. “She felt it was best not to continue pursuing this.”
The Gallentines couldn’t be reached for comment Thursday night.