WATERLOO — Fusion Bar got its liquor license back.

Waterloo City Council members voted unanimously Monday to approve a new license for the business just two months after voting unanimously to reject it.

City Attorney Dave Zellhoefer said Fusion Bar, also known as Trucker Bar at 1915 Bourland Ave., had complied with city codes after Police Chief Dan Trelka declared it a chronic nuisance.

Zellhoefer said he was unaware until last week the business owners had submitted a nuisance abatement plan, which made it likely the city would lose on appeal to the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division.

“They’d done what they asked them to,” he said. “Right now, I think if we took this to a hearing with the folks … at the alcohol board we would lose tremendously.”


Trelka had recommended denying the license last year based on complaints and calls for service to the business, including three calls in the past year that led the bar to be declared a “chronic nuisance property.”

The most recent chronic nuisance call was Oct. 20, when officers were called to the establishment after a man allegedly pointed a handgun at his ex-girlfriend and a bartender before pistol whipping and attempting to shoot a patron who intervened.

Police Capt. Joe Liebold said the bar owners were complying with the ordinance requirements.

“They were identified under a chronic nuisance ordinance and that resulted in the abatement plan that they’ve complied with since November,” Liebold said. “If they fail to meet that abatement plan there are actions that can be taken.”

Councilman Steve Schmitt noted the business had previously been declared a chronic nuisance in 2014. The owners at that time submitted the required abatement plan and had the designation lifted after one year.

“This is right on the edge of a residential neighborhood,” Schmitt said. “At what point in time do we say enough’s enough?”

Zellhoefer said the business had not been causing problems since the plan was submitted in November.

“We’re going to continue to monitor it,” Zellhoefer added. “I plan on keeping my nose in their business for awhile.”