After a regular Lingerie Night attendee at Eager Beaver Bar in Appleton, Wisconsin, was charged last week with attempting to kidnap a bartender, the weekly event has been discontinued. The bar's owner, Christina Coon, said Lingerie Night, at which bartenders served customers while dressed only in underwear, was stopped in light of allegations against Dennis L. Mitchell, 45, of Appleton.
Police said Mitchell ran up to the bartender as she walked to her vehicle on July 10 and tried to put a plastic bag over her head. When the woman yelled, neighbours approached the pair, and the man ran away.
Despite Coon's assurances that the incident was an isolated issue, one neighbour is calling for the bar to be shut down, citing frequent police calls and unruly crowds over the years.
In the days following Mitchell's arrest, the bar removed all traces of Lingerie Night from its Facebook page, including multiple photos of bartenders dressed in lingerie. Coon said she did so in an effort to protect her employees.
"All the content has been removed for the safety of our bartenders, not to deny or to hide Lingerie Night," Coon said.
"We are no longer having Lingerie Night, and that's really all there is to say about it."
In the four years Eager Beaver Bar has operated Coon said there haven't been any incidents as serious as the attempted kidnapping.
"This was a one-time incident of a man who used poor judgment," she said.
During an appearance in Outagamie County court last week, Mitchell's bond was set at $50,000.
He is charged with attempted kidnapping, in addition to soliciting prostitution in a separate incident. If convicted, he faces more than 20 years in prison.
Mitchell is scheduled to return to court on July 24th.