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City, IU Leaders Criticize Kilroy’s Recess For Controversial Tweet

City and university leaders are criticizing Kilroy’s Recess for a controversial tweet posted over the weekend that referenced underage girls.

The tweet was later removed and the organization issued an apology saying it was a joke made in bad taste.

IU Provost Lauren Robel says in a letter published in the Indiana Daily Student Monday that she’s disappointed Kilroy’s moved forward with opening the 18-and-up club and expressed her concerns to the owners over the summer:

The events of the last week, which included gross and insensitive social media posts suggesting that patrons visit Recess for the “underage girls,”  and a flippant reference to drinking to black out as a fun goal, have confirmed my deep concerns that the ownership is not serious about enforcing responsibility in its establishments. If the ownership was serious about this issue, the employees would never have thought that messaging like this was appropriate or funny.

Mayor John Hamilton (D-Bloomington) said in a statement Monday he would be “engaging with the creators of these messages to encourage more responsible behavior in the future.”


Officials from Bloomington-based Switchyard Brewing Company also announced the company would not distribute to any Kilroy’s locations when the company opens in January.

The controversy comes days after the Nebraska Liquor Commission slapped the owners of Kilroy’s with a fine and 80-day suspension for serving an intoxicated minor at a bar they own in Lincoln called Barry’s. According to the Lincoln Journal Star, the owners pleaded guilty to selling a drunk 19-year-old a bottle of Captain Morgan in April:

In exchange, the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office dismissed two other cases against the bar.

Lincoln police noticed the minor during a tavern check at Barry’s, then took him to detox, commission executive director Hobert Rupe said.

The commission gave Barry’s a 40-day suspension for serving an intoxicated person and 40 more days for serving a minor.

Bars commonly opt to pay the $100-per-day fine rather than close down for their suspensions.

The pleas put Barry’s on “thin ice,” Rupe said.

Barry’s now has had three violations for selling to an intoxicated person in the last four years, Rupe said.

Should the owners get in trouble for that same offense, they could face cancellation — the punishment outlined in the commission’s guidelines for a fourth offense, he said.

Representatives for Kilroy’s could not be reached for comment.

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