WAITE PARK -- A recently closed Waite Park Bar and Restaurant is hoping to be back in business.

Friends Bar and Restaurant has been closed due to a liquor license issue.

According to city documents, Owner Justin Rovnak was in violation of multiple city ordinances, and state laws, including not having liquor liability insurance in effect.

During a hearing Tuesday, it was suggested the city revoke his liquor license, which would also transfer the bar back to the previous owner Bill Thomas.

Waite Park City Administrator Shaunna Johnson says, since the hearing, Thomas has applied for a new liquor license, which will be brought to the council on Monday.

If approved, the new license will go into effect starting January 1st. Friends Bar and Restaurant is located at 236 2nd Avenue South, Waite Park.

WJON has placed several calls to Friends Bar for comment, which have gone unanswered.

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