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‘Change of Corporate Officer’ — the paperwork of the Meinert misconduct accusations

Pike/Pine changes in the wake of sexual misconduct and rape allegations against a prominent neighborhood business owner have boiled down to the paperwork.

Monday, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board approved a raft of liquor license changes for three Pike/Pine nightlife venues after David Meinert was removed from the corporations operating the businesses.

The “change of corporate officer” applications are a standard process for the board when companies make changes to the corporate governors listed with the state. But in the circumstances around the Meinert accusations, they come as a quiet marker of the repercussions stemming from the allegations against the 52-year-old, and a reminder of the 11 women who spoke out against him.

The changes leave Joey Burgess as the sole owner at Queer/Bar and Grimm’s while former Meinert business partner Jason Lajeunesse is now the sole governor of the corporation that runs Lost Lake.

Meinert has denied the allegations but agreed to sell his stakes in his Capitol Hill businesses after the accusations. Despite the sales, Meinert hasn’t exited the Seattle nightlife business scene entirely. He remains sole owner of Wide Open, Inc, the company that operates Belltown’s 5 Point Cafe.

The larger issue of sexual misconduct in Seattle remains an open discussion. In August, Crosscut gathered a group of influential Seattle women to talk about #metoo issues in the city. In the discussion, Pettirosso owner Miki Sodos said she has hope for progress. “In Seattle, we are in a little bit of an awesome space because there are so many women owners,” she said. “It’s not just how we feel powerful; it’s also the 22-year-old women who are working for me who feel more powerful.”

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