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LATEST: What's next for IC Willy's?


by Colby Robertson

WAUSAU (WAOW) -- It's a unanimous vote by the Wausau City Council. Wednesday night IC Willy's license expired and it will not be renewed. The city council's vote follows a marathon 14-hour hearing overnight.

The owners of IC Willy's are obviously upset with the decision, but they're not giving up on their nightclub business just yet.

Tom and Sandy Nowell have put everything into IC Willy's. Opening the Wausau nightclub in October of 2009, 8 months later they're forced to run their bar without a liquor license.

IC Willy's Attorney Ryan Lister says, "They're very upset, they've invested a lot of money in this business, they've cleared up compared to the old days when Vibes and Retro were there and they placated all of the neighbors, but two."

Wednesday at midnight they will close their doors, but they hope it won't be for long. Thursday they plan to apply for an entertainment license.

Lister says, "They're going to model their club after a teen club in Marshfield that's been very successful and they're going to open it up to young people with music and soda and food."

The decision to not renew the nightclub's license came after several noise complaints from neighbors and more than 50 police service calls. After sitting through 14 hours of testimony, the Public Health and Safety Committee votes unanimously to recommend the city council not renew IC Willy's license.

In a special city council meeting, they do just that voting, again unanimously 10-0.

Public Health and Safety Chairwoman Lisa Rasmussen says, "I agree with the decision that was made. I believe that the committee took its responsibilities very seriously. I believe that it fairly weighed the evidence that was brought by both sides through a process of sworn testimony and deliberation and I agree with the outcome."

The Nowell's say they will appeal to the circuit court and ask that they overturn the city's decision. There are also legal remedies the Nowell's can pursue and they're looking into their options.

Online Reporter: Colby Robertson

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