OLYMPIA – Five businesses in the Tri-Cities failed alcohol compliance checks conducted by the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB). On June 13, 2014, officers checked 30 businesses for sales/service of alcohol to minors.
The five businesses were cited for selling alcohol to investigative aides working with officers.
The WSLCB and local authorities regularly conduct compliance checks of area businesses licensed to sell alcohol. These businesses include restaurants, grocery stores, liquor stores, neighborhood markets, taverns, wine bars and sports/entertainment facilities. Compliance checks are proven tools to reduce the sale of alcohol to minors.
Investigative aides assist officers with compliance checks. These individuals are from 18 to 20 years old. They must either present their true identification or none at all if asked by a clerk.
Liquor enforcement officers are empowered to issue Administrative Violation Notices to businesses that fail compliance checks. Fines or temporary license suspensions can be issued depending on the severity of the infraction or the frequency with which a business has been cited.
Businesses that sold alcohol to a minor:
- Targaris Winery, 844 Tulip Ln, Richland
- 3 Eyed Fish, 1970 Keene Rd, Richland
- Bonefish Grill – Tri-Cities, 133 Gage Blvd, Richland
- Wingstop, 121 Gage Blvd, Richland
- Albertson’s #253, 5204 W Clearwater Ave, Kennewick
Businesses that did not sell alcohol to a minor:
- Bookwalter Winery, 894 Tulip Lane, Richland
- Sterlings Restaurant, 2500 Queensgate Dr., Richland
- Stick & Stone Neapolitan Pizzeria, 3027 Duportail St. Ste. D, Richland
- Maverik #448, 3520 Keene Rd, Richland
- Yoke’s Fresh Market, 455 Englewood Dr., Richland
- Albertson’s #252, 690 W Gage Blvd, Richland
- Inca Mexican Restaurant, 1813 Leslie Rd., Richland
- Circle K 6032, 590 Gage Blvd, Richland
- USA Gas #62506, 1811 Leslie Rd., Richland
- The Growler Guys, 110 W Gage Blvd Ste., 204 Richland
- Mezzo Thai Fusion, 110 Gage Blvd Ste. 200, Richland
- Walgreens #09596, 585 Gage Blvd, Richland
- Tony Roma’s Restaurant, 8551 Gage Blvd Ste. A, Kennewick
- Uncle Sam’s Saloon, 8378 W. Gage Blvd, Kennewick
- Circle K 6034, 7707 W. Deschutes, Kennewick
- The Pub Tavern, 7001 W Clearwater Ave, Kennewick
- USA Gas #62507, 5204 W Clearwater Ave, Kennewick
- La Placita Mexican Restaurant, 5011 W. Clearwater Ave Ste. C, Kennewick
- Billy’s Bull Pen Tavern, 4128 W. Clearwater Ave, Kennewick
- 7-Eleven Store 2306-20132E, 3606 W. Clearwater Ave, Kennewick
- Village, 203 N Dennis, Kennewick
- Office Bar and Grill, 2625 W Albany Ave, Kennewick
- Garfield Mart, 33 S Garfield, Kennewick
- Lucky Bridge Casino, 101 S Gum St., Kennewick
- Walgreens #10195, 2800 W Clearwater Ave, Kennewick