(COLUMBUS) November 8, 2020 – Agents visited the following liquor-permitted establishments and issued citations after witnessing the violations:
These cases will go before the Ohio Liquor Control Commission for potential penalties, including fines and/or the suspension or revocation of liquor permits.
DLP Hospitality Group LLC., known as Floods Urban Seafood, Warrensville Heights, received a citation for after hours consumption – Rule 80. At 11:30 p.m., agents working with officers from the Warrensville Heights Police Department visited the establishment and observed approximately 30 patrons with several consuming alcoholic beverages.
Shukuwa Resto Bar LLC., known as Choukouya Resto Bar, Warrensville Heights, received a citation for after hours consumption – Rule 80. Shortly after midnight, agents and officers from the Warrensville Heights Police Department visited the establishment and observed approximately 20 patrons with several consuming alcoholic beverages. Agents previously cited this location on September 18 for limitation on hours for on-premises consumption.
Dale’s Bar and Grill, Maumee, received a citation for improper conduct – disorderly activity. Agents observed patrons sitting at the bar with no social distancing measures in place. Patrons at the bar were seated within 6 feet of one another without any partitions or attempts to promote social distancing. Agents observed multiple employees not wearing masks. On October 31, agents issued a warning to the establishment for similar violations.
Otays Lagoon Saloon, known as Lagoon Saloon, Port Clinton, received citations for after hours sale – Rule 80, improper conduct – agent (staff member) or permit holder in an intoxicated condition, illegal possession of intoxicating liquor, and illegal possession of intoxicating liquor not obtained from an authorized source. At 10:25 p.m., agents observed bar staff serving beer to two patrons who showed signs of intoxication and serving alcoholic beverages to additional patrons. Another patron was sitting at a table drinking from an opened bottle of vodka. Agents previously cited this location on September 26 for after hours consumption and improper conduct – disorderly activity.
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.