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Licensing Committee debates Miramar Theatre liquor license, nightclub

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Two licensing hearings, two different outcomes, and a lot of passion from the public. Tuesday was a busy day at Milwaukee City Hall. 

More than 50 people filled the room showing their support for Miramar Theatre on the city's east side. It was shut down March 1 because the liquor license being used under the previous owner's name but on Tuesday, the committee voted in favor of the new owner. 

"I am excited to continue to run the Miramar. It's a huge part of the community and it would have been a shame to not host events there anymore and I am pleased how the hearing went," said Aaron Ohlsson, owner of the Miramar Theatre. 

Another big crowd packed the afternoon session where Tatou, a pub and nightclub on the city's northside appeared before the license committee to renew it's license.

A group called the Common Ground were concerned Tatou was connected to VLive, a nationwide strip club. At the meeting, the business said it would have no involvement with V Life and it would continue to operate as it has for several years. 

But ultimately, it was testimony from residents that swayed the aldermen's vote. 

"The testimony provided by the neighbors, people I represent in those neighborhoods," said Ald. Khalif Rainey - 7th District. 

Miramar will have to wait until April to reopen and the committee's decision on Tatou's license will now go to the Council on March 27. 

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