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Jun 20, 2012 8:27 PM

Midtown bar's liquor license denied after neighbors complain about new act

TUCSON - A midtown bar's liquor license renewal request has been denied by the City of Tucson after neighbors complained the bar's new featured entertainers are too raunchy for their neighborhood.

The Mint Cocktails Bar on Grant Road was recently purchased by new owners. The business partners also happen to operate Wild Boys, a group of men who provide entertainment to women.

Owners Chris Smith and Skyy Garcia say they want to keep the regulars who frequent the bar during the day but they also want to offer karaoke, comedians, live bands and the Wild Boys entertainment a couple nights each week.

Ronni Kotwica, president of the Palo Verde Neighborhood Association, said when she and her fellow neighbors first met with Garcia and Smith, the two never mentioned the Wild Boys. "It just brings in a bad element and we want to cut that off before it begins," Kotwica said.

The City of Tucson denied The Mint's liquor license request during the regular board meeting Tuesday night, and the matter now goes to the state board.

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