Cleveland – Agents from the Ohio Investigative Unit (OIU) cited an Austinburg establishment overnight after observing blatant violations of the order restricting alcoholic beverage sales for on-premises consumption to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
Agents visited the following liquor-permitted establishment and issued a citation after witnessing the violations:
The Corner Bar, Austinburg, Ashtabula County, received an administrative citation regarding the limitation on hours for on-premises consumption. At approximately 12:30 a.m. agents observed a female patron standing in the doorway of the establishment consuming an alcoholic beverage. Upon entry, agents observed approximately 10 patrons, all of which were consuming alcoholic beverages, and the bartender was in the act of pouring and serving additional alcoholic beverages.
The case will go before the Ohio Liquor Control Commission for potential penalties, including fines and/or the suspension or revocation of liquor permits.
The Ohio Investigative Unit is made up of fully-sworn, plainclothes peace officers responsible for enforcing Ohio’s alcohol, tobacco, and food stamp fraud laws. Agents conduct compliance checks to ensure the liquor permit premises are compliant with the Ohio Liquor Control Act. Agents also act on complaints of illegal activity on liquor permit premises. In addition to providing the safety checks associated with the COVID-19 directives, OIU agents continue to perform their normal compliance checks to ensure the liquor permit premises are complying with the Ohio Liquor Control Act.