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Keep Fountain Tap Out of Fountain Square

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Residents of Fountain Square and surrounding neighborhoods are strongly opposed to Fountain Tap coming to Fountain Square. By signing this petition, I hope to preserve the creative environment and community aesthetic that makes this neighborhood unique. Fountain Square is a close-knit neighborhood with a well-established cultural heritage, one of the undeniable gems of Downtown Indianapolis. While our residents represent a diverse demographic and broad socioeconomic spectrum of individuals, we are unified in this effort to keep Fountain Tap out of Fountain Square. For the reasons listed below, I hereby petition the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission to reverse its decision and to deny Fountain Tap an alcohol permit:

The ATC advisory panel was established to provide a public setting for residents and business owners to voice their support for or opposition against applications for alcohol permits. Fountain Tap LLC fails 4 of the criteria that the ATC advisory panel is to consider before voting on whether or not to recommend a new applicant:

1) Whether the applicant maintains a high and fine reputation in the community. Three IMPD officers remonstrated against Fountain Tap from a public safety standpoint. Other remonstrators testified that all four of the proprietor’s most recent establishments (3 of which have been shut down for numerous reasons) have or had reputations as “party bars” with loud, piped-in music and rowdy patrons.

2) Whether there is any need for the services of the applicant at the proposed location. We have plenty of bars already. We don’t need or want more just for the sake of having more. While we warmly welcome renowned chefs and restaurateurs who offer unique menus, ambiance, live entertainment components, and otherwise strive to interact with, complement and contribute to the existing cultural fabric of our neighborhood, this establishment will not enhance Fountain Square.

3) Whether the neighborhood or community desires the proposed services. Fountain Tap’s proprietor did little to engage his would-be neighbors prior to its permit hearing. He failed to share any details about the proposed establishment at the Fountain Square Neighborhood Association meeting 6 months ago. He failed to contact the adjacent North Square Neighborhood Association altogether. He failed to attend the “neutral ground town meeting” that was graciously hosted on his behalf as an opportunity to meet the neighbors and present his plans and answer questions. The Fountain Square community has no confidence that the proprietor will follow through with his promises to operate Fountain Tap differently than his other establishments.

4) Whether the services at the proposed location would have a negative impact on other businesses in the neighborhood as well as a negative impact on the neighborhood in general. Eleven residents and business owners showed up to remonstrate at the final public hearing, and over 50 remonstrators total were in attendance at the three meetings, requiring many to be absent from work on each Monday morning. (The first two hearings were continued per the request of the applicant, as he was delinquent on payment of alcohol sales tax at an establishment it already owned.) These remonstrators and the community as a whole believe Fountain Tap would have a negative impact on the unique, neighborhood atmosphere that businesses and residents have worked so hard to cultivate.

The ATC advisory panel appeared to believe the applicant “deserved a second chance” when the owner has already had a second, third, and fourth chance. A fifth chance is not warranted, especially in a neighborhood that is so adamantly opposed to the establishment and its Applicant in the first place.
The reasons stated above provide more than sufficient grounds for denying a permit to Fountain Tap LLC.

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