Thursday, March 18, 2004

Popular bar faces crowding charge

By Reid Forgrave
The Cincinnati Enquirer

GREEN TWP. - Fire inspectors have levied a hefty fine against a popular suburban pub after, authorities say, repeated overcrowding violations.

The Green Township Fire Department cited Donna V's, 6441 Glenway Avenue in Green Township, for a fire code violation after fire inspectors found more than 200 patrons at the pub on a weekend night in February. The establishment is approved to have 140 people inside at any one time.

The owner of the pub, Donna Voigt, filed for a continuance and will be before the Cheviot Mayor's Court this evening, Weitzel said.

Fire inspectors have fined the pub on several occasions the past two years, but police chief Robert J. Weitzel said the $120 fines didn't work as a deterrent.

This time, Donna V's will have to pay a $1,400 fine, Weitzel said.

"We're going to stop it, even if it means taking away their liquor license," he said. "This overcrowding is something I won't tolerate as the fire chief. Think about what happened up in Rhode Island."


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