By James “Hollywood”Macecari
The city council of Sioux City has on it’s agenda for Feb 5th 2018 “Awesome Biker Nights”. As many of you know, Awesome Biker Nights had faced some opposition from local businesses and in 2016 had to be moved to a different location. Those businesses are listed as SoHo Kitchen & Bar, M’s on Fourth, Studio 427, Rebos, The Diving Elk, Ave Med Spa and Antiques on Fourth.
It is a Shake My Head type of a moment when businesses want to bitch about an event that would potentially bring in some good money, not only on the nights of the event, but also long term. Bikers are some of the most loyal people, like NASCAR fans, we are loyal to those businesses that accept us. Well if the businesses do not want us around, we should as they say “Take our business elsewhere”. Oh, one more thing, bikers stick together. I only find it right that all of us around the country should show support for our fellow brothers and sisters. We should all take a couple minutes to drop a call to these local businesses and voice our displeasure. If you do not feel like calling, you can click on the links to send them an email through their websites or Facebook pages
SoHo Kitchen and Bar- (712) 258-3434 1024 4th St, Sioux City, IA 51101
M’s of Fouth- (712)258-5174 (Upscale Bar, to good for us biker types) 1021 4th st, Sioux City IA 51101
Rebos – (712) 258-0395 1107 4th St Sioux City, Iowa
SIOUX CITY | Despite facing opposition from several area businesses earlier this winter, Awesome Biker Nights plans to return to the Historic Fourth District for its 19th year of festivities.
The committee that organizes the annual motorcycle rally and concert fundraiser will ask the City Council on Monday to approve street and sidewalk closures for the June 14-16 event. Organizers of the charity event had discussed moving to an alternate location in December after receiving a letter listing 10 Historic Fourth businesses that asked the group to move the event elsewhere. Some of the businesses later clarified they had been listed in error.
The letter, dated Nov. 28 and sent to the Awesome Biker Nights committee and to city leaders, said the listed businesses didn’t want their street and storefronts blocked by the biker rally. In response, the committee reached out to Historic Fourth Street merchants and gathered signatures of support from 11 other Historic Fourth businesses, according to a city document.
The document lists those businesses as Heidman Law Firm, Western Equity Group, U Drive Acceptance Corp., Buffalo Alice, The Marquee, American National Insurance, Harris Rebar, Teasers, Rox & Rails, 1008 Key Club and Aalfs Manufacturing.
Those listed in opposition include SoHo Kitchen & Bar, M’s on Fourth, Studio 427, Rebos, The Diving Elk, Ave Med Spa and Antiques on Fourth.
City staff see no issues with the Awesome Bikers Night’s request and are recommending the council approve the street and sidewalk closures. Construction on a new Courtyard by Marriott hotel on the current Sioux City Convention Center parking lot will not conflict with the event, according to the document.
Awesome Biker Nights board chairman Brian Hall and a handful of Historic Fourth Street business owners contacted by the Journal were not immediately available for comment Thursday evening. The rally has attracted thousands of people to downtown Sioux City each summer for live music, a bike show and other events for nearly two decades. All proceeds generated at the rally benefit charity organizations. It has raised more than $1.1 million during its existence.
Awesome Biker Nights returned to Historic Fourth Street in 2017 after holding its 2016 rally at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Battery Park and adjacent Fifth and Pearl streets.
The 2016 move to the opposite end of downtown came after some Historic Fourth Street businesses voiced concern about barricades that were placed around their entrances, blocking access to the street because they had declined to pay the $1,500 fee to participate in the event, which includes paid admission for a series of concerts.
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