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BURNSVILLE, Minn. (KMSP) -

Nina's Grill in Burnsville hasn't been getting a lot of good press lately. First, there was a murder in the parking lot, and days later, police announced it was the last place a murdered student was seen alive.

The family of Anarae Schunk, a 20-year-old who attended the University of Minnesota, is starting a dialogue about whether Nina's Grill is a public nuisance after looking onto the venue's past.

"I think there's an opportunity to find a win-win solution," Tyson Schunk, the victim's brother, told FOX 9 News via Skype from his home in Tulsa, Okla.

Tyson Schunk was the one who took to Facebook to begin the discussion about the future of Nina's Grill.

"Something's going on there. Who is responsible? It's got to be the owner of the establishment," he said.

Police say Palagor Jobi, a Normandale student, was shot and killed by Anthony Lee Nelson (aka Shavelle Oscar Chavez-Nelson) in the parking lot last month, the last night Anarae Schunk was seen alive in the company of the alleged gunman. Her body would be found more than a week later in a rural ditch.

Tyson Schunk told police he heard anecdotally from neighbors that the bar is a troubled spot, and recent police reports seem to support those claims. Over the past year, police have been called to the bar 85 times for various things, including 12 disturbances, six fights and three assaults. Two comparable establishments had under 60 calls in that same time period.


[GRAPH] Comparison of police call data for Bumpers, McKracken's Bar and Grill and Nina's Grill.


As it turns out, police are also looking at the bar's history too.

"Nina's has created challenges recently with the calls," Burnsville Police Chief Eric Gieseke confirmed.

In light of the recent violence, Gieseke says his department is doing due diligence by digging into the restaurant's record. So far, he has met with bar owners and the property management company of the nearby strip mall in the hopes of finding a long-term solution to keeping trouble out of the community.

Tyson Schunk told FOX 9 News he doesn't necessarily want to see the business boarded up, and would be happy to settle for increased security screening.

"I think it's a powerful moment for the community to come together and embrace Nina, perhaps for her to reinvent her restaurant," he said. "That's really what I'd like to start with and move toward."

Police did note that on the three compliance checks they've run in the past three years to ensure minors are not being served, Nina's Grill has passed every time.

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