McCabe's American Music Cafe cited for alcohol violations

March 31, 2009

OLYMPIA - McCabe's American Music Cafe in Tacoma was cited for alcohol violations following a joint undercover operation conducted on March 21 by the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) and the Tacoma Police Department. The establishment, located at 2611 Pacific Ave., faces a 30-day suspension of its liquor license, scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, 2009 and end at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 13, 2009.

Liquor enforcement and police officers checked 10 Tacoma businesses for sales/service of alcohol to minors, sales/service of alcohol to apparently intoxicated persons, and allowing disorderly conduct on the licensed premises during the undercover operation.

McCabe's was cited for three counts of allowing an apparently intoxicated person to possess/consume alcohol. The 30-day suspension is considered an aggravated penalty. McCabe's also received a written warning for disorderly conduct by an employee of the liquor licensed establishment.

The WSLCB decided in October 2008 to pursue non-renewal of McCabe's liquor license. McCabe's has requested a hearing regarding the decision before an administrative law judge from the Office of Administrative Hearings. The hearing is scheduled for June 2009.

The WSLCB and local authorities regularly conduct undercover operations at area businesses licensed to sell alcohol. These businesses include spirits, beer and wine restaurants, grocery stores, neighborhood markets, taverns, wine bars and sports/entertainment facilities.

Liquor enforcement officers are empowered to issue Administrative Violation Notices to businesses that violate state liquor laws and regulations. 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. Liquor enforcement officers review the past two years when determining fines or license suspensions.

Tacoma businesses that did not receive violations March 21:

  • Latitude 84, 8401 S. Hosmer St.
  • Station 56, 5602 S. Washington St.
  • 54th Sports Bar, 5415 S. Tacoma Way
  • Dawson's Again, 5443 S. Tacoma Way
  • Friendly Duck, 5026 S. Tacoma Way
  • Harvester Restaurant, 29 Tacoma Ave. N.
  • Doyle's Public House, 208 St Helens
  • Red Bulls Bar & Grill, 1214 Puyallup Ave.
  • Valley Pub, 1206 Puyallup Ave.


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