Des Moines Police Want Peggy’s Liquor License Revoked

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DES MOINES, Iowa — The Des Moines police are asking that a bar in the Drake neighborhood have its liquor license taken away.

Peggy’s Tavern, located on 3020 Forest Avenue, has failed some compliance checks in the last couple of years. Since 2009 the bar has failed five of 13 compliance checks including not checking IDs, keeping minors out, and over-serving customers.

Mark Graziano, who has co-owned the bar since 2008, also owns Bauder Pharmacy. Graziano will be on trial this fall on 16 federal charges including conspiracy to distribute drugs.

Authorities say nearly 700,000 painkillers were missing from his pharmacy.

Des Moines police asked the city council Monday night to revoke the liquor license based on Graziano’s past and the bar’s failed compliance checks.

However, the council wanted more time to think about it and decided to delay a vote on the issue until next month.


  • BrutallyHonest

    If he is ultimately charged with a felony his name would not be able to be on the liquor license anyway, therefore it would be revoked unless he puts someone elses name on the license.

  • Guest

    This is sad. Peggy’s has been around a long time and a big gathering place for Drake sports activities. Somebody like that takes over and it all goes to h*ll!

  • Ishmale Whale

    I thought the state issues and revokes liquor licenses. Yes, city councils can move to approve or disapprove when it is time to renew and relate that to the state…but it is the state that has the authority to give, not give, or to take away.

  • YouGotIT

    dear whotv,

    character assassinate much? what does 700,000 pills have to do with Peggy’s license?

  • guest

    No loss. Peggy ‘ s puts Drake Students lives In danger and should have been shut down years ago. Close it down and turn it into a Jethro s parking lot.

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