FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 19, 2006
Filling Station to close and seek buyer
The Filling Station Restaurant and Lounge is voluntarily surrendering its 3 a.m. liquor license to the City of Kansas City, Mo. The establishment, located at 11515 Hickman Mills Drive, will retain its 1:30 a.m. and Sunday liquor licenses, and close while a new owner is pursued.
June Lamothe, the owner of the establishment; Richard Bryant, Lamothe's attorney; and Vic Cook, acting manager of the Regulated Industries Division of the Neighborhood and Community Services Department, met recently to discuss crime and violence in Kansas City. These meetings were held after a recent incident occurred at The Filling Station.
At these meetings, Lamothe and Cook expressed their concerns over an apparent increase in violence involving weapons in the community, especially violent acts occurring after 1:30 am. As a result of the meetings, Lamothe decided to voluntarily surrender the establishment's 3 a.m. liquor license. Lamothe announced this decision at a recent Southtown Council meeting.
"The City believes that this action is beneficial to the community and represents an example of the types of positive results which can be achieved when community, business and government work collectively," Cook said.
Lamothe plans to redirect her attention to other activities including working with civic organizations and the community to reduce the spread of crime and the increase in violence in the metropolitan area.