Madison restaurant owner charged with stalking woman stepping down

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MADISON, Wis. — Madison restaurant owner Patrick Sweeney is stepping down from his role as the owner of Lucille amid an ongoing court battle.

Sweeney is being charged with a felony count of stalking and two misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct after being accused of threatening and monitoring a woman.

In an Instagram post Saturday night, Lucille Madison said it is “saddened and disappointed” by the charges “and wish for the wellbeing and safety of all involved.”

“As an organization, we are unwavering in our commitment to our values of inclusion, love, and humility and our mission of treating each other and ourselves well,” the post said.

According to a criminal complaint filed Friday in Dane County Court, an officer with the Village of Oregon Police Department was called by someone who wanted to report an ongoing domestic issue involving Sweeney.

Sweeney co-owns Merchant and Lucille in downtown Madison, as well as Brother’s Three on the city’s east side. Court records show he was released on a $500 signature bond after his initial court appearance on Friday, with conditions that he has no contact with the victim.