Albertville confirms Pubhouse 19 closed

Says unrelated to fire code violations

The city of Albertville confirmed that the Pubhouse 19 bar and grill is closed, but could confirm little else about the closing.

The council also reviewed a step-by-step process that would be used for enforcing city code violations.



Staff had on the recent council agenda Pubhouse 19 liquor license renewal. A motion to approve the annual liquor license was contingent upon re-inspection and correction of all outstanding code violations, payment in full of license fees, proof of liquor liability insurance, and a background check from the sheriff’s office.

City clerk Kim Olson later clarified that Pubhouse 19 is closed, but that the owners did not inform the city or provide an official statement. She said that while approval of the liquor license was contingent on the business submitting its application for the contingencies, “they did not submit that,” Olson said. “As far as we’ve heard their doors are not open. But it wasn’t due to the fire code violations. We don’t know what the cause was.”

Pubhouse 19 opened a couple years ago at County Rd. 19 in the former Major’s location.

In a request for action from staff to the council, staff noted that the business had 10 outstanding fire code violations and was given until March 29 to reach compliance and have the violations re-inspected.

If the violations were not brought to standards by April 14, the liquor license renewal couldn’t be granted until the violations are corrected, per city code.

Pubhouse 19 closed after Easter. With only a sign on the door saying “Closed for Easter” there has been no movement at the restaurant and their social media sites have been deactivated. Owners Chuck and Katie Huck haven’t returned phone calls or emails for comment.



In other news, city planner Al Brixius reviewed a new code violation notification process with the council.

Staff noted that code enforcement in the past was typically done after receiving complaints from the public. Now staff will have a process with steps to be taken for each code complaint. The process will allow staff to take action, such as giving the violators 15 or 30 days to correct the code violation.

Once a complaint is received, various staff members would respond. For example, street superintendent Tim Guimont would respond to grass, junk and outside storage issues, city administrator Adam Nafstad for grading, drainage and utility, building inspector Paul Heinz for building code, code enforcement and signs, and city planner Brixius for zoning code, code enforcement, temporary sales and signs.

Then once city staff has received the documented complaint Nafstad will determine which staff member is appropriate for pursuance, based on the nature of the violation, and send out an action requested notice to the staff member that will be conducting the site inspection.

After notification, site visits and inspection, staff would draft a code violation citation that outlines the fine for noncompliance and gives another deadline for compliance. The final step is “If the Citations fail to secure compliance the City Staff shall approach the City Council and request authorization to pursue prosecution of the violator by the City Attorney.”

Brixius will come back for formal approval at a future council meeting.

In other action, the council:

DIRECTED staff to monitor legislative discussion regarding local government aid. The city presently receives no local aid, but the formula could change.

EXPRESSED support for enhancing the Explore Your Parks Night May 17.

MADE a motion to enter into a listing agreement with a realtor to list the former city hall directly north of the current city hall.