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La Crosse approves new liquor license for Schmidty’s restaurant, as part of purchase process

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A change in ownership at Schmidty’s Bar and Restaurant in La Crosse received assistance from City Hall.

During two short meetings Thursday, city council members approved a liquor license for the new owners to operate the popular establishment on Highway 33.

The long-time owners of Schmidty’s recently announced their plans to retire. The owners of Digger’s Sting and the Eagles Nest in La Crosse applied for licenses to keep the business open.

Special council meetings were called for the licensing process, because the licenses had to be approved so the bar can remain open through the holidays.

The Schmidt family had intended to close the business for good on New Year’s Day, before the purchase offer was made.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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