Following a public hearing Monday night, the Winona City Council voted to suspend the liquor license of Cheater's Bar for three days next week and levied a hefty fine as well.
A former employee has already pled guilty to allowing consumption of alcohol after hours and permitting non-employees to be in the bar after closing on March 4th.
Co-manager of Cheater's, Mo Vafaei, told the council the bar trains staff on "best practices" and the employee made an error in judgement.
Mayor Mark Peterson voiced the concerns of the majority of the council by noting it took several police officers, a search warrent and several hours wasted on March 4th to get to the bottom of the activities inside the bar.
The council voted to suspend Cheater's liquor license for three days, June 25th through the 27th, although the bar can remain open for business if they choose.
The bar will also have to pay a $2,000 fine.
Council member George Boryzskowski voted no, saying he thinks a liquor license suspension hurts too many other vendors and employees that were not at fault. He supported a $1,000 fine.