APPLETON (AP) – A Wisconsin bar ended its weekly event featuring scantily clad bartenders after police said a regular patron tried to kidnap an employee.
Police told Post-Crescent Media that Dennis Mitchell of Appleton approached the bartender as she walked to her vehicle and tried to put a bag over her head. He ran away after neighbors responded to her call for help.
Christina Coon, the owner of the Eager Beaver Bar, decided to stop hosting “Lingerie Night” after Mitchell’s arrest.
She also removed all traces of the event, including photos of the bartenders, from the bar’s Facebook page.
“All the content has been removed for the safety of our bartenders, not to deny or to hide Lingerie Night,” she said.
Coon told the Post Crescent it was an isolated incident.
Mitchell is being held on $50,000 bond and is expected to return to court Thursday. He has requested a public defender.
Ali Koestner, who lives three houses away from the bar, is attempting to shut the bar down permanently. She says loud music and fighting have been common occurrences throughout the bar’s four years of operation.
Koestner has already created a Facebook page, “Eager to Close the Beaver,” and plans to start a petition.
“There’s a general consensus with a majority of neighbors this isn’t the kind of bar we want in our neighborhood,” she said.
The Eager Beaver has averaged one police visit every two weeks since 2011, according to the Post Crescent’s analysis of police data, although Coon said police calls to the address don’t always involve the bar.