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5/15/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
State rescinds Cousins Tap closure

By Jeremy Huss
Staff writer

Cousins Tap in Low Moor is free to resume selling and serving alcoholic beverages on its premises after the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division (ABD) rescinded a previous notice that barred the business from serving alcohol.

Cousins Tap is located at 106 Third St., Low Moor.

The ABD ordered the bar to cease alcohol sales May 7, stating in a letter the 60-day period to appeal a denial of a liquor license application had elapsed.

The May 7 letter to Jennifer Foster, registered agent for corporate owner, Jen Corp, stated the liquor license was denied March 6 because the corporation had become inactive.

State records show the corporation was administratively dissolved Aug. 9, 2012, for failure to file a biennial report.

A May 9 letter from the ABD states the business now is listed as a sole proprietorship, and the ABD formally is rescinding its letter of failure to appeal in the matter.

"Please be advised effective immediately alcoholic beverages may be sold, served, consumed or given away by any person in or on the premises," the letter states.

Foster told The Observer in a May 13 phone conversation an accountant was responsible for failing to file the state paperwork that led to the corporation being dissolved.

Foster also clarified erroneous statements in a May 11 Observer story, explaining no items were removed from the rear of the bar following the first notice from the ABD.

A pool table was removed from the bar through the front door and was replaced with a dart board at her request, she said.

Foster also wished to put an end to rumors the temporary closure of the bar was related to a lawsuit filed earlier this year against Cousins Tap and two other bars in Charlotte and Preston.

The lawsuit is not related, she said.

Foster said she wants community residents to know the bar now is open, and she is a sole proprietor.

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