There is a serious problem in midtown and for once it’s not about crime.
It’s the raids Hearne talked about yesterday by liquor control and vice on the bars they don’t like.
Especially the ones in Westport. Westport is the only area that gets hit with as many as 15 officers weekly to check liquor cards, the business licenses on the walls, to ID minors, etc. It’s nearly a total waste of time and manpower.
We don’t get these sort of hassles at The Legends.
For years this has been a bad habit in Westport and NOWHERE ELSE other than a few black bars in KCMO.
Yes, once in a blue moon they hit Brookside or Waldo or Martini Corner. But they HAVE NEVER GONE TO THE PLAZA. EVER. And P&L also gets a pass.
They do a fake run on Kelly’s and then hit anything Bill Nigro has any connection whatsoever to.
Why don’t they like Westport and Nigro?
He’s too outspoken where the Kelly’s have always laid down for the law and been ass kissers.
Nigro, as I did, realizes that poor police work in Westport nearly led to its demise. That’s right. That’s a fact. Sure the buildings are getting older and lack of money and all the other issues. However had law enforcement kept the crime down and the young trouble making Urban crowds out, as they have for the most part on the Plaza, Westport would have done much much better over the years.
Before Nigro, Stanford & Sons was the target.
And this was before we opened the Black Dance Club and those issues in the mid 1990’s and beyond. We had a 100% college crowd before that.
But former liquor head Joe Heide and police chief at the time Stephen Bishop had Stanford’s raided like four times in two weeks to check for fake IDs’s. Of the over 1000 people they checked TWO were 20 not 21.
Thank God they got ’em. Call The White House.
They spent over $100,000 in one year just busting Stanford’s!
I mean, they raided us with 40 police officers at a time, for crying out loud.
They used helicoptors, undercover cops, you name it!. Why? They didn’t like us. We were just flashy Jews. And that’s a fact!. Again, that was before the Black Dance Club. Needless to say, it hurt our business greatly.
NO DRUGS WERE EVER, EVER, EVER FOUND AT STANFORDS. EVER.
More than 75 raids in four years. We got a two week closing for the two minors.
Later I got along with the cops when Chief Jim Corwin took over. But sadly, we were only in Westport two more years. Just to attack Stanford’s all those years, the bill had to be nearly one million dollars.
For what? Nothing.
The city has given Westport less than 20% of that for upgrades.
In Kansas where the economy is much better in the restaurant and bar industry, the police usually work with the small businesses to make things better. Businesses are not treated like criminals. As is the habit in KCMO.
Unless, of course, it’s the Plaza or P&L.
Legends has ONE officer check licenses and minors. One. And Legends has no problems with either. Same as KCMO – these are just not important issues. There are no useless liquor cards in Kansas. They mean nothing, nothing at all. It’s just a money grab by KCMO for, well, nothing.
And that’s why more new small businesses go to Kansas.
These vice cops need to go to work on the street and go after violent criminals, gang bangers, rapists.
The Chief needs to change this culture now before he leaves office.
AND WHERE IS THE NEW MAYOR?
In his first two months, WHERE IS THIS GUY?
I backed him. No more talk, do something. Make the needed changes THIS IS A BIG ONE.
Have cops be cops.
These same people can guard midtown from 11 PM til 4 AM on the streets. Period.
Nobody is worried about a UMKC student sneaking into Kelly’s for a beer. Christ! Get over it. It’s a waste of money and a joke. Work with leaders like Bill Nigro and Westport and Mid Town. You owe them some respect.
God knows you gave them little else over the years.
You know, if I was still in Westport I’d never have written this story. They’d be all over my ass! Fortunately, I don’t. So I can tell it like it is.
A footnote: it’s mid summer, 100 degree nights. Westport, with only one urban club left, has dropped the crime problem 100%. Great work, Bill and Westport and the caring police who do help.