Mayor Hagen: It's just one less dumpy bar in town

By KBJR News 1

July 2, 2013 Updated Jul 2, 2013 at 10:45 AM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com)-- A Superior bar is out of business and the owner is blaming road construction.

It's being reported that the owner of LaBelle is pointing his finger at the Tower Avenue reconstruction project for the closure but not everyone is buying it.

Superior Mayor Bruce Hagen said it's unfortunate that Labelles' management is blaming the construction project.

The mayor says a lack parking and accessibility isn't the problem with that establishment. He says Labelle has had financial problems in the past.

"This same business has been lacking to pay their taxes for a lot of years," said Mayor Hagen. "To me it's just one less dumpy bar in town."

Other Tower Avenue businesses say the project hasn't hindered sales.

"We haven't seen a dent in business, lunch is a little slower but in general, people are getting around Superior just fine," said Aaron Dandraa, owner of V.I.P. Pizza.

"We've been fortunate enough to still have business coming in," said Adam Anderson, co-owner of Anchor Bar and Grill. "Lunches are slower but dinner and weekends have been good."

Despite a slow start, the reconstruction of Tower Avenue is expected to hits its completion deadline. Mayor Hagen says Tower Avenue will be back open in mid October, and the finishing touches will be completed next year.

"They are on time, they've lost no speed in the project despite the weather we've had," said Hagen. "It will be esthetically pleasing. We're working with commercial entities as we speak with regard to their re-interest, renewed interest and interest in Tower Avenue."

Zach Vavricka

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