Dixie Liquors, a liquor store in Georgetown, has been fined $7,000 for selling unregistered kegs of beer. Acting on a recommendation from the D.C. attorney general, the city's Alcoholic Beverage Control Board also suspended the store's liquor license for 30 days. The board stayed all but five days of the suspension, which were served earlier this month.
The D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration's audit of the store, at 3429 M St. NW, showed sales of beer kegs without proper registration, 1,235 kegs sold without invoices, and one instance when there was no licensed ABC manager on duty.
At its Sept. 7 meeting, the control board also levied a $2,000 fine against Alabama Express, a liquor store at 2846 Alabama Ave. SE, for selling an alcoholic beverage to a minor in February. It was the store's second offense for sales to minors. The store's license was suspended for three days earlier this month.
Selling an alcoholic beverage to a minor in August resulted in a fine of $1,500 for S&T Market, a convenience store at 3001 Sherman Ave. NW. The board also cited the store for not having a licensed ABC manager on duty.
At its Sept. 14 meeting, the board also fined Lucky Star Liquors, at 620 Kennedy St. NW, $2,000 for selling an alcoholic beverage to a minor and failure to keep a licensed ABC manager on duty.
Jeff Coudriet, the director of operations for the city's alcohol regulation agency, said most of the charges of selling alcohol to minors are filed as a result of a D.C. police-supervised program in which teenage volunteers try to buy alcoholic beverages. Those minors, called youth testers, are trained by the National Capital Coalition to Prevent Underage Drinking in cooperation with the Metropolitan Police Department and the agency.
In other recent actions, a status hearing on the license renewal for McFadden's, a restaurant at 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, resulted in a cooperative agreement between the licensee and ANC-2A as well as various neighboring residents, subject to the board's review. ANC-2A had requested the hearing because of concerns over McFadden's impact on the neighborhood.
Smith Point, a restaurant at 1338 Wisconsin Ave. NW, was fined $400 for exceeding its approved seating capacity by 30 people in February. Its ABC license allows for a seating capacity of 95, but an investigator counted 125 patrons in the restaurant.
The board approved a stipulated license for the Embassy Suites Hotel that will allow the hotel to serve liquor prior to a November license hearing, provided that no protest is filed. Coudriet said that stipulated licensing is a business-friendly practice used primarily to help restaurants in non-residential neighborhoods clear licensing hurdles in a more efficient fashion.
-- Terence McArdle