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Wausau committee pleased with efforts to clean up at Malarkey's Pub


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – A downtown Wausau bar is taking steps to fix a number of issues that have come up over the past year.

Wausau's public health and safety committee called the owner of Malarkey's Pub to the meeting this week to discuss the past year with the board. Committee chair Lisa Rasmussen says Malarkeys has racked up 125 points on their license in a year, from people being in the bar afterhours to underage people inside to a compliance violation earlier this year.

Rasmussen says owner Tyler Vogt has come in to the committee, has cooperated and has been taking major steps in being forward and proactive in handling the committee's concerns. “It's refreshing to see cooperation with the committee's requests and wishes.”

Vogt has taken steps to ensure underage people keep out of the bar by hiring a bouncer for weekends when there's more traffic in and out. “I don't want to ever get the reputation of being a trouble to the police department.” He's installed soundproofing in the bar and has made sure to get acts out of the bar well before bar close time.

Rasmussen says the efforts here show that the committee is not out to stop bars from being in business. “The efforts made by Malarkey's and the Polack Inn are 100 percent different from IC Willy's and Breakaway in terms of cooperation and compliance with our concerns.” She says owners who are cooperative and helpful in handling issues won't be in danger of losing their license.

Police Chief Jeff Hardel says Malarkeys and Vogt are right on top of citations and problems that occur in the bar and are helpful with police.