April 09, 2009
OLYMPIA - On March 28, six Vashon Island businesses failed liquor compliance checks conducted by the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB). Officers checked 10 businesses for sales/service of alcohol to minors. The six businesses were cited for selling alcohol to investigative aides working with liquor enforcement officers.
The WSLCB regularly conduct compliance checks of area businesses licensed to sell alcohol. These businesses include spirits, beer and wine 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.
Liquor enforcement officers conduct compliance checks assisted by investigative aides. These individuals are from 18 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. Liquor enforcement officers review the past two years when determining fines or license suspensions.
Businesses that sold alcohol to a minor:
- Vashon Thriftway, 9740 SW Bank Rd.
- All India Cafe, 17526 Vashon Hwy. SW
- Green Ginger, 9815 SW Bank Rd.
- Chorak's Sportsmans Inn, 17615 99th SW
- Vashon Mart (Chevron), 17803 Vashon Hwy. SW
The Rock Island Pub & Pizza, 17322 Vashon Hwy. SW
Businesses that did not sell alcohol to a minor:
- Vashon Island Liquor Store No. 174, 9730 SW Bank Rd.
- Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi, 17618 Vashon Hwy. SW
- Vashon Market, 17639 100th SW
Mom's Grocery and Deli (Vashon Mart Union 76), 19124 Vashon Hwy. SW