Local concert venue may have to limit occupancySubmitted: 06/28/2013
Story By Lauren Stephenson

RHINELANDER - The Elbo Room Lounge brings in a lot of people with big-name concerts.

But the building isn't up to code to handle that many people.

For the last two years the fire department allowed the Elbo Room a temporary occupancy limit of nearly 700 people.

Rhinelander Fire Chief Terry Williams says, "[the owner] wanted to first see if this kind of thing would work in the city. And it did. Mr. Mason, then, went and got state-approved building plans to go and do all these upgrades and renovations to the property. But it's gotten to a point where he hasn't done them yet."

John Mason owns the Elbo Room.

Chief Williams says Mason must make the changes or the occupancy limit will go back down to below 300.

Buckcherry is scheduled to perform at Elbo Room July 16th.

The fire department will allow 700 people at that show.

Williams says the concert was already scheduled and there's a lot of community interest.

"Mr. Mason has to have two firefighters and two police officers stand by at the concert to be there for safety concerns with that large of a crowd," says Williams.

Chief Williams says Mason does care about the public's safety.

He also says the Elbo Room Lounge is important to Rhinelander, and he doesn't want this issue to put it out of business.

We called Mason, but we haven't heard back from him yet.

Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com

What We're Working OnSubmitted: 10/13/2015

- What was once one of the biggest mill employers in northern Wisconsin is no more, as Wausau Paper was bought by the Swedish company SCA today.

We'll have the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.

+ Read More

WAUSAU - Police say a witness told investigators a man who died after falling from a bridge into the Wisconsin River appeared to be intoxicated.

Officers say they were called to the river about 1:30 a.m. Monday by a fisherman on the bridge.

+ Read More

ONEIDA COUNTY - The Oneida County Fair needs funding from the county to pay for the things it needs. Fair organizers say they worry every year the county will cut that funding.

In the county budget for next year, the fair's funding was only cut by a $1,000. Fair organizers say they will still get a little more than $13,500. They'll also have the money the fair made this year.

+ Read More

RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander man accused of sexually assaulting two girls faced a second day of testimony Tuesday afternoon.

27-year-old Joseph Kaiser was in Oneida County Court Tuesday for a jury trial.

+ Read More

MADISON - Less than a year ago, Mandy Wright lost her state Assembly seat by fewer than 100 votes. The Wausau Democrat was beaten by Republican Dave Heaton.

Now, Wright wants her seat back. She confirmed to us she's again running for the state Legislature.

+ Read More

KENOSHA - The Kenosha County sheriff says a fugitive is finally caught after a lengthy manhunt.

Sheriff David Beth said homicide suspect Andrew Obregon was in custody Tuesday after a foot chase near the Wisconsin-Illinois state line. No other details were immediately released.

+ Read More

Play Video

MINOCQUA - It can be difficult to attract young people to live in the Northwoods.

That's one reason a local of chamber of commerce held a job fair Monday.

The Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce organized a job fair at Lakeland Union High School.

This was the first year it was held.

+ Read More
+ More General News

Click Here