The Grain Valley Board of Aldermen Monday held off on deciding if a future restaurant should be granted a liquor license to serve alcohol until 3 a.m.

The Grain Valley Board of Aldermen Monday held off on deciding if a future restaurant should be granted a liquor license to serve alcohol until 3 a.m.

Anthony Wilkerson and Dr. Wade Rustici want to open a business called Anthony Ray’s at 206 E. Harris in Grain Valley.

The co-owners submitted paperwork to the city for approval.

All the paperwork was valid for approval.

But the hang up is whether the city should allow another 3 a.m. liquor license that would join three other businesses that currently hold such licenses. They are Whiskey Tangos, Bobby Lee’s and Long Shots.

Grain Valley Police Chief Aaron Ambrose recommended the board not grant Anthony Ray’s a 3 a.m. license based on a greater propensity for crime at any bar with a 3 a.m. closing.

He provided the board statistics that back up that claim.

A Grain Valley detective, since June 2008, has investigated 58 total cases from the three bars that currently have a 3 a.m. license.

There has been 63 total crimes associated to those 58 cases, with the majority of the cases happening from 1 a.m. to 3 a.m., according to a memo to Ambrose from Detective Shawn Vaughan.

There was one homicide, one rape, 14 assaults, one unlawful use of a weapon, 10 stealing cases, 21 car larcenies, two motor vehicle thefts, 10 property damage cases, one disorderly conduct and one public drunkenness.

Wilkerson and Rustici attended Monday’s meeting along with an experienced security officer they said will provide security at the restaurant to ensure the safety of patrons.

Ambrose said he had “reservations” about the idea of having an armed security guard working at the business.

“We want to ensure a safe atmosphere,” Wilkerson said.

Rustici said “personal responsibility” is the key point and not the establishment.

Alderman Dale Arnold said if the business is managed well, it doesn’t matter if it closes at 1:30 a.m.(another license time) or 3 a.m.

“I’ve heard from citizens that they’ve had more than enough of the 3 a.m. establishments,”Arnold said.

The board tabled the license until the co-owners can meet with Ambrose.