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Posted on Mon, Jan 23, 2012 : 4:22 p.m.

Milan bar closes two years after unregulated Jell-O bikini wrestling contest

By Nathan Bomey

A Milan bar that was fined by the state in 2010 after holding a Jell-O wrestling tournament without a proper entertainment permit has closed, according to the Milan News-Leader.


Milan's Dino's Dugout Sports Bar is closing.

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Dino’s Dugout Sports Lounge and the connected Campfire Restaurant have closed, their water has been shut off and their shared liquor license is now being held in escrow by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, the News-Leader reported.

The news comes nearly two years after Dino's held an unregulated bikini wrestling tournament on Super Bowl Sunday, a move that eventually cost the bar $800 in fines after an investigation by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission.

The violations were reported to the state after Milan police officers arrested one of the wrestlers for drunken driving shortly after she left the bar. She was clad in a bikini and covered in orange Jell-O when police stopped her vehicle for running a stop sign.

Read the full Milan News-Leader story here.

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Fri, Jan 27, 2012 : 12:17 p.m.

Here's a 2 generation family tradition that was a great attraction to Milan for many years. And all you can remember is a young lady in a bikini and jello? Did you know that for almost 30 years the Campfire/Dino's provided FREE turkey dinner to seniors and the needy? Did you know that every volunteer group met at the Campfire for their meetings, and some began there? How shall we remember Ann Arbor News? As a great piece of local history or the newspaper that closed its doors in what 2008 or 9? Pretty low class reporting. My annual membership is due, I may have to reconsider.


Tue, Jan 24, 2012 : 7:58 p.m.

I'd be willing to bet that had just had an article about this local business closing and NOT mentioned the jello wrestling event from two years ago, a large number of the commenters would have jumped all over them. It was clearly appropriate, as it was a funny and newsworthy event at the time (drunk bikini-clad female jello wrestler pulled over by police) that did cause problems for the business.


Tue, Jan 24, 2012 : 3:17 a.m.

The fact that Dino's Dugout Sports Lounge and the connected Campfire Restaurant have closed might be news. The fact that Dino's held an unregulated bikini wrestling tournament on Super Bowl Sunday, a move that eventually cost the bar $800 in fines two years ago is a ridiculous stretch for a filler!


Tue, Jan 24, 2012 : 2:23 a.m.

I think writers are having a contest of who can get the most page-clicks. This is one of the funniest comment sections though....jell-o, bikinis, beer, saline vs. milan Just don't charge me for parking bro


Tue, Jan 24, 2012 : 1:50 a.m.

Unregulated? You mean they failed to get approval from the a Jell-O Wrestling Athletic Commission? What were they thinking?


Tue, Jan 24, 2012 : 1:08 a.m.

The irony is, if they had been allowed to continue the Jello contest, they probably would be twice the size now and a thriving business. But, when Michigan has such a strong and vibrant economy, I can see the clear need that something like this should be regulated.

Dog Guy

Tue, Jan 24, 2012 : 12:30 a.m.

No goslings were injured in the closing of this Milan bar.


Mon, Jan 23, 2012 : 11:37 p.m.

What does the incident 2 years ago have to do with them closing the doors now?


Mon, Jan 23, 2012 : 11:34 p.m.

Whenever the boys were back in town we loved to go hangin' down at Dino's.


Tue, Jan 24, 2012 : 12:52 a.m.

HA! I don't think anybody wants to stop the Jello rasslin'. Hopefully somebody else steps up and fills the void in the community.

West of Main

Tue, Jan 24, 2012 : 12:47 a.m.

And if the girls wanna jello wrestle, you better let 'em!


Tue, Jan 24, 2012 : 12:47 a.m.

Yep, no more drink will flow or blood will spill down at Dino's Bar and Grill. Bummer


Tue, Jan 24, 2012 : 12:43 a.m.

LOL, but now I am going to have that song stuck in my head!


Mon, Jan 23, 2012 : 11:25 p.m.

Presumably, fully regulated bikini jello wrestling would be A-OK.

Craig Lounsbury

Mon, Jan 23, 2012 : 11:16 p.m.

Tis a somber day indeed for jello wrestling aficionado's . A moment of silence is appropriate................................. .................................................................................


Mon, Jan 23, 2012 : 11:09 p.m.

I think it was jello wrestling, not jello bikinis that were at issue.


Mon, Jan 23, 2012 : 11:07 p.m.

C'mon Really? Did they close because of jello wrestling? Somehow me thinks that was thrown in the headline in a lame attempt to get views and sell ads. @JGS - nice ad. Did they charge for it? As for the story. Haven't been to the campfire in 5 plus years but it was good, nice. The bar was nice too. Hate to see people lose jobs.


Tue, Jan 24, 2012 : 2:08 a.m.

Ya know... when I re-read my post I thought... "Geez this sounds like I've got some stock in OG" However, I don't have any, I'm just a patron. I can't even remember the owner's name, but I do know he's got an engineering degree from the University of Michigan. Sorry if I plugged them too hard. :)

Chip Reed

Mon, Jan 23, 2012 : 11:01 p.m.

There's always room for Jell-o!

monroe c

Mon, Jan 23, 2012 : 10:54 p.m.

Oh no! Now where will I go when I need my jell-o fix?

West of Main

Mon, Jan 23, 2012 : 10:42 p.m.

Oh Dino's! We will miss your shenanigans.


Mon, Jan 23, 2012 : 10:39 p.m.

A great alternative is Original Gravity. If you've never been to OG, get there soon. Some of the best brews in the state even though they've gotten rid of the vanilla java porter (boo!). You won't find any bikini or wet t-shirt contests at OG. Just a nice place to enjoy a good beer and some food. It's family friendly too. Sorry that Dino's went out of business, but it was hardly the place to go in Milan IMHO.


Mon, Jan 23, 2012 : 10:11 p.m.

A bar closes two years after a silly incident and thinks it is news? This must be a really slow news day.

Tex Treeder

Mon, Jan 23, 2012 : 11:22 p.m.

OCB was a classic. I'll miss it.


Mon, Jan 23, 2012 : 11:06 p.m.

Aren't most days slow news day, here? Old Country Buffet closing in A2 is one of the afternoon's top stories!? :/


Mon, Jan 23, 2012 : 9:49 p.m.

liked to go there for dinner when George was running it.

Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Mon, Jan 23, 2012 : 9:46 p.m.

So Milan's sole purveyor of high culture had to close? So sad. GN&GL

West Park

Mon, Jan 23, 2012 : 9:30 p.m.

"She was clad in a bikini and covered in orange Jell-O when police stopped her vehicle for running a stop sign." Nathan would you please F.O.I.A. the video?! :-)