IOWA CITY (AP) — Officials in Iowa City don't seem interested in a Wisconsin businessman's proposal to open a new bar in a downtown building that has been empty for years.
Correspondence released Tuesday shows that Josh Hurley told City Council members earlier this month that he was interested in opening Whiskey Jack's Saloon in the building that once housed the popular Fieldhouse bar.
Hurley operates Whiskey Jack's in Madison, which features a bar, restaurant and live entertainment. He wrote that he's in discussions to lease the empty building to open a similar concept in Iowa City.
But a city official told Hurley that his business likely wouldn't be allowed under a regulation that requires “drinking establishments” to be 500 feet away from each other.
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