|With the bar and its lawsuit going the way of the dodo, this might be the last time we write about Champions.|
In 2012, Champions Sports Bar and Grill, a Lake and Nicollet dive, filed suit against the city
of Minneapolis alleging officials, motivated by a desire to drive "establishments which cater to the African American community" out of business, had been unlawfully harassing the bar and its ownership for the better part of two years.
The city was in the habit of "violating the due process rights of establishments which cater to the African American community by attempting to impose unnecessary liquor license conditions on those establishments in an attempt to drive those establishments out of business," the lawsuit, which sought hundreds of thousands of dollars from the city for retaliation, defamation, malicious prosecution, abuse of process, and violation of due process, among other claims, said.See also:
Champions Sports Bar haven for crack cocaine dealing, says Minneapolis police