JT’s closes after failing compliance check

A recent liquor compliance check resulted in violations for five New Prague businesses, with one of those businesses deciding to close its doors.

Police Chief Jim Gareis and City Administrator Mike Johnson informed the New Prague City Council at its Tuesday, Jan. 3, meeting about the mid-December compliance check. The check was done on a Friday night and the individuals who participated were all 18.

One of the businesses that failed the compliance check was JT’s Hideaway. Johnson said that the owner of TJ’s Hideaway, Theresa Bily, recently came to City Hall and returned her liquor license. Bily operated the bar with Jeffrey Jensen. She told Johnson she was going to turn the property back to the bank effective this week. Johnson informed the council that in light of her returning the license, he would be checking with City Attorney Scott Riggs of the firm Kennedy & Graven about how to proceed with the effects of the liquor compliance check.

About one year ago JT’s Hideaway was facing problems as it had let its liquor liability insurance policy lapse in November 2015 and the business continued operating for 30 days after that happened. The council decided...

To see more on this story pick up the January 5, 2017 print edition of The New Prague Times.