The liquor license for Bogie's, also known as JJ's Food and Drink Emporium, has been suspended for three days and restricted because of violations that include selling alcohol to a minor.
The county Board of Liquor License Commissioners ruled that the Riva Road establishment can serve alcoholic beverages only when food is ordered.
At a violations hearing Tuesday, witnesses indicated JJ's -- which holds a restaurant license -- had been operating more like a bar thana restaurant. Restaurants cannot serve a patron liquor unless he orders food. JJ's general manager, Steven Sanders, said $3 cover chargeshave been levied on patrons who want to drink and watch entertainment rather than order dinner.
FOR THE RECORD - Yesterday's article reporting the suspension of the liquor license for Bogie's restaurant on Riva Road requires clarification.
On Feb.24 at 3:30 a.m., general manager Steven Sanders was found at Bogie'swith a full beer bottle in his hand while several employees were finishing work, police testified at Tuesday's liquor board hearings.
State law mandates that restaurants and bars must shut down by 2 a.m.
"What the heck are you doing!" asked liquor license commissioner Walter L. Sexton.
"I don't think (you) have the slightest idea of what (you're) supposed to do," said board Chairman Thomas Riggin.
The three-day suspension, which begins Monday, was levied for operating during prohibited hours. On Feb. 24 police found Sanders and other employees drinking beer and finishing work around 3:30 a.m. The county cutoff is 2 a.m.
The license restrictions were the penalty for several March 2 violations. The board found JJ's guilty of serving alcohol to a 19-year-old female and for having a five-piece band on the premises. The restaurant license permits only a two-piece band.
A charge of endangering the public welfare by having numerous electrical cords and other equipment strewn about on March 2 was dropped because it should have been a public safety violation, Riggin said.
JJ's has a less than pristine history, Sgt. Edward C. Lyons testified. Since Sept. 12, he said, police have been called to the restaurant 31 times for complaints ranging from disorderly conduct to hit-and-run accidents to theft.