Nine Eastern Washington businesses sold alcohol to minors during compliance checks

February 8, 2012

OLYMPIA – On January 31 and February 3, nine Eastern Washington businesses failed liquor compliance checks conducted by the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB). Liquor enforcement officers checked 12 businesses for sales/service of alcohol to minors.

The nine businesses were cited for selling alcohol to investigative aides working with officers.

Compliance checks
The WSLCB regularly conducts 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.

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:

January 31, 2012

  • O’Doherty’s, 10208 N. Division, Spokane
  • Hico Market, 10606 N. Newport Highway, Spokane
  • Franks Diner, 10929 N. Newport Highway, Spokane
  • Chattaroy Hills Restaurant, 4015 E, Denison Road, Chattaroy
  • Chattaroy Quick Stop, 28312 N. Newport Highway, Chattaroy
  • Bigelow’s Top Hat, 6412 N. Division, Spokane

February 3, 2012

  • P.J.’s Bar and Grill, 1717 N. Monroe, Spokane
  • Casey’s, 2126 N. Monroe, Spokane
  • Sportsman’s Bar & Grill, 207 E. Main, Chewelah  

Businesses that did not sell alcohol to a minor:

January 31, 2012

  • Cenex Zip Trip No. 5, 7902 N. Division St., Spokane

February 3, 2012

  • The Hop!, 706 N. Monroe, Spokane
  • Charley My Boy’s Pub, 801 N. Monroe, Spokane


The Washington State Liquor Control Board’s mission is to contribute to the safety and financial stability of our communities by ensuring the responsible sale, and preventing the misuse of, alcohol and tobacco. The WSLCB returned $425.7 million in Fiscal Year 2011 to fund essential state and local services.

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