Wis. Chuck E. Cheese besieged with fights

Popular children's restaurant seeks solution


On Milwaukee's south side, Chuck E. Cheese's resolved problems it was experiencing by voluntarily giving up its liquor license, according to a Milwaukee alderman. The restaurant raised the ire of neighbors and police after police were called to the location at 2701 S. Chase Ave. 18 times in a two-month period in 2006, including once for a fight involving 40 people.

Ald. Tony Zielinski had called for the possible closure of the restaurant and arcade, so the restaurant voluntarily gave up its liquor license in February 2007.

Since then, Zielinski, who has been monitoring the restaurant, said the situation has improved significantly. The company improved the lighting in the parking lot and added armed security guards too. Although Zielinski isn't happy about the armed guards, he contends alcohol served at a restaurant for children was a contributing factor in the problems.

The Chuck E. Cheese's in West Allis, the closest to the Town of Brookfield location, has had 33 calls for police assistance since the beginning of 2007, West Allis Police Lt. Barry Waddell said. Of those calls, one involved an assault, he said.

Imler said it would be up to the Brookfield Town Board to consider revoking the restaurant's liquor license. There has been no discussion, he said.

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