Post Bar owners agree to pay for Dearborn police presence

Original occupancy load, outdoor seating provisions part of agreement

By ZEINAB NAJM
Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — An agreement has been reached between the city and Post Bar, 22065 Michigan Ave. to address the complaints made against the business.

A Nuisance Abatement Board meeting scheduled for May 24 was canceled after the agreement was reached that same day.

“The agreement reached May 24 outlines a plan for the Post Bar owners to pay for a police presence on Fridays and Saturdays and during special events, and to abide by the provisions of a previous agreement that addressed occupancy load, outdoor seating and promoter parties,” a statement from the city said.

There is a “for sale” sign outside the bar, but no mention of a sale was made in the agreement. Phone calls to the bar were not returned for comment on the agreement or potential sale.

The agreement initially was made March 29, but when the bar’s owners, Moe and Jeannette Charara, did not pay the police costs agreed upon.

A change in the agreement was made in the time police officers will be near the bar which will now be starting at 10 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. creating a decrease in cost.

Under the agreement  the bar cannot host promoter parties; must pay for two Dearborn police officers who will be near the bar from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; limit occupancy to 175 people (down from 281); open outside patio seating only from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays for lunch; and close the bar on Sundays.

Also, Post Bar employees and security guards will not count under the occupancy limit and police officers must be paid for by the owners.

Current rules for the bar require everyone inside to be at least 18 years old — 21 years old only after 10 p.m. — lights off at 1:45 a.m. and bar cleared by 2 a.m., security guards inside and outside the bar, clean parking lots and management to cooperate with police.

“As a city, our interest has always been to make sure businesses, including the Post Bar, are good neighbors and are acting responsibly,” Deputy Corporation Counsel Laurie Sabon-Ellerbrake said. “We believe this agreement is a very reasonable way to achieve our goal.”

The initial complaint came after a Nov. 25 shooting, but within the last month six other incidents have taken place, prompting the meeting.

On March 8, a fight broke out, and another person allegedly had a gun at the bar; on March 12 another fight broke out and an arrest was made. The following day two employees were inside the business after 2 a.m., drinking.

During a March 24 compliance check by police, two employees were inside without identification; the next day complaints were filed over loud customers outside and a security guard not on premises.

On March 26 officers saw a woman passed out, trash on the fence line and four party buses at the bar.

Under the Dearborn Code of Ordinances, a nuisance is defined as “any business in or upon which the unlawful sale of any regulated drug, narcotic or other controlled substance, prostitution, quarreling, drunkenness, fighting, discharge of weapons, or other breaches of the peace are carried on or permitted.”

(Zeinab Najm can be reached at zeinabnajm92@gmail.com.)