The Washington State Liquor Control Board reports it’s likely David Meinert will soon be issued a new liquor license for Mecca Cafe, which he’s slated to take ownership of this fall.

Meinert had been a fixture in Capitol Hill’s nightlife and music scene up until local reporter Sydney Brownstone’s July 2018 report about five women accusing him of sexual misconduct, including allegations of rape. Meinert denied the allegations then, which rose to 11 accusers last August.

He sold interest in his Capitol Hill bars to his former Guild Seattle business partners in September.

Meinert retained ownership of the 5 Point Cafe in Belltown, which was opened by Preston Smith in 1929. Smith opened Mecca Cafe a year later, and it had remained in his family through the years.

It came to light that Meinert planned to take over the Uptown cafe and bar when he filed for a new liquor license in June. Attempts to reach Meinert for comment were unsuccessful, and current owner Karon Hanke declined an interview at the time.

WSLCB communications director Brian Smith tells Queen Anne News the board received a number of letters requesting Meinert’s liquor application be denied because of the sexual assault allegations, many of which were reported to have occurred while Meinert was drinking and involved women in bars he’d owned.

Meinert was never charged in relation to any of these allegations, and Smith tells Queen Anne News a lack of recent criminal convictions, plus the fact Mecca is already a licensed business, means it’s unlikely Meinert would be denied.

Due to the protest letters and emails, the decision on issuing the license was escalated to a liquor manager, Smith says, and action is expected soon.