The Medford City Council is forwarding a letter to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission recommending a denial of Jeff Rahenkamp’s liquor license for the former Shenanigan’s building.
Rahenkamp is the former owner of Pub Ink and current owner of Phat Kat tattoo.
He believes the city is sending this letter because of several painting violations on his tattoo parlor and Shenenagin’s building.
But Medford Police Chief Tim George cited Rahenkamp’s previous conviction for theft in addition to the painting violations. He also brought to light his landlord’s account of his alleged bad business history at Pub Ink.
“It was just oh, Jeff has these charges from the past. Who cares? They already issued me a license. Why are they even coming up? I thought we were moving forward from that. So really, the only thing they had to hold me on really was about nine violations,” said Rahenkamp.
“The city ordinance mirrors the same considerations you’re looking at with the OLCC application. So, in the bigger picture, you’re looking at reputation, character, criminal convictions,” said Chief George.
Rahenkamp did get his liquor license for Pub Ink nearly a year ago. City council members reviewed him then but decided to take a neutral position at that time.