October 31, 2008
TACOMA - On October 24, 11 businesses in Tacoma failed liquor compliance checks conducted as part of a joint enforcement effort by the Washington State Liquor and Control Board (WSLCB) and the Tacoma Police Department. Officers checked 46 businesses during the operation.
The 11 businesses were cited for selling alcohol to investigative aides working with police and liquor enforcement officers.
The WSLCB and local authorities regularly conduct compliance checks of 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. Compliance checks are proven tools to reduce the sale of alcohol to minors.
Liquor enforcement officers conduct compliance checks assisted by investigative aides. These individuals are from 17 to 20 years old. They must present their true identification if asked by a clerk. However, they may attempt to be evasive if asked their age but not asked for their I.D.
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. Clerks who sell can also receive a criminal citation.
Tacoma businesses who sold to a minor on October 24:
Rose Cafe - 8611 S. Hosmer St., Ste. A-1
Olympic Grocery - 6601 S Tacoma Way
Union Corner Grocery - 4501 S Union Ave.
Hong Kong Supermarket - 3816 S Yakima Ave
Golden West Restaurant and Lounge - 5228 S. Tacoma Way
Dawson's Again - 5443 S. Tacoma Way
Station 56 - 5602 S. Washington St.
Woody's Wharf - 1713 Dock St E
The Vault Bar and Grill - 1025 Pacific Ave.
Simply Ravenous - 785 Broadway
Chalet Bowl and 26th St. Cafe - 3806 N. 26th St.
Tacoma businesses who did not sell to a minor on October 24:
Bonita Restaurant Lounge - 5406 Portland Ave.
Bob's Grocery - 5403 South M St.
M Street Market - 1214 S. 56th
56th St. Chevron - 3305 S. 56th St.
7-Eleven Store - 5605 S. Birmingham
ARCO AM/PM Mini Market - 5433 S. Orchard St.
7-12 Grocery - 4002 S. Center St.
Center Street Deli Mart - 3807 S. Center St.
Circle K Store #8795 - 4704 S. Oaks
7-Eleven 2303 32307C - 4701 S. Oaks
Peter's Grocery - 1307 S. 38th St.
Opal Lounge - 5226 S. Tacoma Way
Airport Bar and Grill - 5406 S. Tacoma Way
BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse - 4502 S. Steele St. Ste. 117
Vino Aquino - 2607 6th Ave.
Engine House No. 9 - 609 N. Pine St.
Harmon Brewery and Restaurant - 1938 Pacific Ave Ste. A
Dock Street Landing - 535 Dock St.
Dock Street Sandwich Company - 1701 Dock St.
Thea's Market - 1717 Dock St.
Indochine of Tacoma - 1924 Pacific Ave.
The Rock Wood Fired Pizza - 1920 Jefferson Ave.
University Swiss Inn - 1904 Jefferson St.
The Old Spaghetti Factory - 1735 Jefferson St.
The Harmon Hub - 203 Tacoma Ave. S
King's Deli and Grocery - 326 Tacoma Ave. S
Handy Mart Grocery-Deli - 402 Tacoma Ave. S
The Acme - 1310 Tacoma Ave. S
Main Street Grocery - 901 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Home Plate Tavern - 1042 S. Sprague Ave.
Ram Restaurant and Brewery - 8100 C. Freedom Lane
C.I. Shenanigan's - 3017 Ruston Way
Forge Jackpot - 4601 N. Pearl
Pearl Shell Food Mart - 5744 N. 26th St.
Pomodoro Restaurant and Bar - 3819 N. 26th St.