GREELEY (AP) â Greeley is accustomed to being on the wrong end of snobbery â in a state that likes to brag about microbreweries and wind energy, this town is known mostly for its rodeo and meatpacking plant.

But two Greeley brothers say a bouncer in nearby Fort Collins went too far when he wouldn’t let them in because of where they live.

Jason and Shane Jackson say the bouncer at Washington’s Sports Bar and Grill turned them away on Saturday because people from Greeley and its neighboring town of Evans had been causing “gang problems.”

“He said he could tell we weren’t gangsters, but if he made an exception for us, he’d have to make one for everyone,” Jason Jackson told the Greeley Tribune.

Bar owner Shane Belcher, president of CBI Enterprises, said in a written statement that the bar is re-evaluating its policy of not allowing certain people in.

“This limited policy was very recently enacted and is only in effect on Saturday nights from 9 p.m. till close to protect the patrons and staff of Washington’s Sports Bar and Grill,” Belcher said Thursday. “Given the best advice that we had at the time, we instituted this policy to help relieve a very real and dangerous problem concerning the safety of our establishment.”

But Belcher said it has since come to the bar’s attention, due to a “small number of complaints to the media,” that the policy might be unduly restrictive. He said the bar is now re-evaluating the policy.

“Beyond this, we have no further comments,” Belcher said.

He didn’t elaborate on the policy.

The Tribune says Brad Ianacone, a manager and bartender at Washington’s, didn’t confirm that Greeley and Evans residents were being turned away.

“Honestly, we just want a safe environment for our patrons who are looking for a good time,” Ianacone told the Tribune.

Shane Jackson said he could have gotten in because his driver’s license still lists a former address in suburban Denver. But the brothers and two friends went to another bar, and Shane Jackson says they won’t be going back to Washington’s.

“I used to go there all the time,” he said. “Now, because I live 20 miles east, I’m not allowed to go to a place I went to for years? It’s really frustrating.”

Archived comments

Maybe you guys will just have to go to the bar in Greeley.

There is nothing wrong with Greeley.


3/20/2009 7:34:13 AM


Read between the lines:Mexican Gangs.God, we have become so politically correct these days, at our peril.Just heard where MS 13 has hit our state, won’t be long until they are in EVERY state (probably are or will be if Pelosi and her ilk have their way).


3/20/2009 7:50:58 AM

Seems to me it would be more effective to ban patrons based on their surname instead of their place of residence.


3/20/2009 8:40:21 AM

“There is nothing wrong with Greeley.” LOL!

3/20/2009 8:42:26 AM

What part of “We reserve the right to refuse to service to anyone” don’t those goat-ropers comprehend?


3/20/2009 8:49:02 AM

PS: Viper, your abject racism is showing again.


3/20/2009 8:50:01 AM

There’s nothing wrong with Greeley…so long as you don’t have a sense of smell (the livestock and meat plant odors can be pretty overwhelming in the summer) or brown skin. I grew up near there and this has been my experience. I’m not surprised it has a gang stereotype. Disappointed, but not surprised.


3/20/2009 9:13:30 AM

maybe we can arrange a trade. we can scoop up greeley and the springs and send it to texas in exchange for austin.

3/20/2009 9:50:32 AM

What does abject mean?I find your monicker ironic to say the least, for that is exactly what I am saying,…

I mean come on, he wasn’t referring to the Lords of Flatbush”.Racism, how convenient, typical.

Surprised you didn’t use Nativist, or some other derogatory term to refute my comments.

Name call all you may, maybe I should have used the term “latin” instead, but make no bones about it, there are millions of ordinary Americans like me, black, white, latino, yes, latino that think just like me, and we are not going away anytime soon.

Put that in your pie hole and choke on it!


3/20/2009 9:02:29 AM

Interesting way to solve their problems.Watched this on the news last night, the fights and issues this bar has experienced has skyrocketed.Since they can not discriminate based on looks, they are discriminating by geography.


3/20/2009 10:10:16 AM

Washington’s, The State Armory in Greeley, and our own beloved Dark Horse were once part of the same chain.(There were locations all over California, Colorado, and in Lincoln).

Maybe the State Armory closed…

3/20/2009 10:36:43 AM

Greeley is meth capitol.I’m not sure why anyone would live there.I’ve been there a couple of times and just couldn’t wait to leave.Everyone was so pissy and looking for a fight.Bizarre.A shame that tornado wasn’t 10 miles east of Windsor.


3/20/2009 10:39:59 AM

Thanks for showing us what you really are super_boulder….as long as it is PC right?


3/20/2009 11:23:26 AM

So the owner of the bar is somebody named Shane “Belcher”?Never doubt that your name is your destiny!


3/20/2009 12:18:34 PM

clibm – PC What?I don’t like Greeley.It’s ugly and not a nice town in my opinion.Whats your beef?


3/20/2009 1:18:55 PM

A patron reserves the right to refuse business to anyone not protected by the Constitution, such as Greeley residents.


3/20/2009 1:51:45 PM

Despite what the owner says, their establishment IS a place of public accommodation, and therefore bound by anti-discrimination laws.

Rule 20.4 – No person shall post or permit to be posted in any place of public accommodation any sign which states or implies the following:


3/20/2009 3:46:10 PM

Rule 20.4 is the most PC POS out there. Any owner should have the right to refuse service for cause.

3/20/2009 4:03:01 PM

“Greeley is accustomed to being on the wrong end of snobbery “

You know you’re bad off if someone from Fort Collins feels like he can look down on you …


3/20/2009 4:27:11 PM

I can definitely understand a bar not allowing people with Longmont addresses inside.Is Greeley as bad as Longmont?Worse?I don’t know.I’ve only been there once.


3/20/2009 6:37:18 PM


Interesting rule, thanks for the update.

It’s ironic that they *can* legall refuse service to anyone, for any reason, or no reason, so long as it isn’t one of the enumerated protected classes [race, national origin, religion, sex, etc.] — they just can’t say it in a sign — which in itself smells much like a violation of the 1st Amendment.


3/20/2009 6:49:18 PM

Good journalism would (or perhaps will, if there’s a followup) explore what kind of problems that bar has been having, and what other options the bar has to control it. If it’s been really bad, maybe this was a desperate but – reasonable? – act by the owner.

Wonder what the next development will be? Especially if there’s a fight, and the cops round up a bunch of Greeley-ites? Or his liquor license is called up for review because of the fights?

If it’s meth, maybe they should just have everyone SMILE, and turn down the people with missing teeth.

3/21/2009 6:57:09 AM

Plenty of US citizen gang members running around Viper1963, but in your racist mind it’s all about the “Mexicans”.


3/21/2009 2:41:35 PM