Posted: Thu, May 17 2012 at 6:23 PM, Updated: Thu, May 17 2012 at 6:43 PM
A tattoo shop owner hoping to rescue Shenanigan's in Medford faces a tough road as he is confronted with his criminal past.
More drama in the saga of shenanigans bar in downtown Medford. A buyer stepped forward hoping the city council would recommend him. They stopped short neither approving nor disapproving of him.
Jeff Rahenkamp who owns Phat Kat Tattoo has two misdemeanor convictions. One for theft 16 years ago. Another for prostitution 6 years ago and that hurt him in asking for the city's recommendation to the state liquor control commission. Without the city's recommendation he's got an uphill battle getting a liquor license.
This is just the latest problem for shenanigans which fills at least a city block in downtown Medford. Under threat of losing its liquor license under the current owner because it had the highest number of DUI's in the state.
The owner has hoped to sell Shenanigan's but so far he hasn't found a buyer both the city of Medford and the liquor control commission would approve.
Rahenkamp had hopes he'd be that one. Despite the setback the state will still investigate before deciding if the Phat Kat owner is qualified to also be a bar owner.
This is the second time Shenanigan's owner has tried to sell one of his businesses that's been curbed by city police.
The first time, it was a police officer looking to purchase the place but was told not to because of policy issues that deal with having a liquor license.