City of Des Moines Working to Shut Bar Down, Owner Says No Fair

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DES MOINES, Iowa  —  It was a typical lunch rush at Triple Double Restaurant and Lounge on Thursday, save for the bullet holes and shattered glass in the front door. There the remnants of the latest shooting at the bar, which was the second in less than a month.

“They pulled up on the side here and one of the guys yelled at me and said, ‘you want to call the cops’ and started firing at my brother,” said owner Donald Celander. His brother was grazed by a bullet.

Two men, Devonce Armstrong and Remy Perry, were arrested in connection to the shooting and are both being held on weapons charges. Des Moines police say this is the second shooting here in the last three weeks. There have been 44 total police calls to the bar since July 2017.

“The city did send Triple Double a letter saying they are a nuisance, so we are starting to put things in place,” Des Moines City Councilwoman Linda Westergaard said.  “What could be done to close this establishment immediately is to go to the property owner. He would get in his car and drive to Triple Double today and revoke his tenant’s lease.”

George Clayton is listed on the County Assessor’s website as the owner of the building. There was no answer at his home when Channel 13 reached out to him on Thursday.

Celander says despite all the calls for service, he is working to offset that by helping the community.

“We do numerous things like try and give back, we sponsored a UFC guy and we try to give back,” he said.

The city is working to audit the restaurant. If it finds that 50% of the business’ earnings do not come from food sales, the liquor license could be revoked.

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