12 bars cited for selling to minors

September 30, 1994|By Liz Atwood | Liz Atwood,Sun Staff Writer

Twelve Annapolis bars and liquor stores were cited for selling alcohol to minors after a sting operation last weekend involving two 20-year-old community service officers, city police said yesterday.

City police staged the operation between 6 p.m. Saturday and 12:50 a.m. Sunday. The community service officers visited 16 downtown bars and liquor stores while detectives watched the transactions. The officers used their own driver's licenses, which picture them in profile and include the phrase "Under 21 Alcoholic Restricted" on the back.

Only four of the businesses checked the officers' licenses and refused to serve them, said Sgt. John Mellon, of the vice and narcotics unit.

A number of other restaurants checked the identifications but served the officers anyway.

After detectives cited the violators, "most were kind of contrite," Sergeant Mellon said.

The owners of the businesses are to appear before the city liquor board, which could fine them up to $1,000 for each violation or suspend their liquor licenses.

Sergeant Mellon said police conducted the operation because Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins had received complaints from downtown residents about bars serving underage patrons.

"We just started on West Street at Monticello Avenue and went down until we ran out of time and money," he said.

The businesses cited were: Reuben's Restaurant, 247 West St.; Fine Spirits Liquor, 249 West St.; Ram's Head Tavern, 33 West St.; Harbour House Restaurant, 87 Prince George's St.; Armadillo's Restaurant, 132 Dock St.; Mums Restaurant, 136 Dock St.; Middleton Tavern, 2 Market Space; Riordan's Saloon, 26 Market Space; McGarvey's Saloon, 8 Market Space; O'Brien's Oyster Bar and Restaurant, 113 Main St.; Maryland Inn, 16 Church Circle; Eastport Clipper, 400 6th St.

The four businesses that turned away the officers were: Loews Annapolis Hotel, 126 West St.; Dockside Liquors, 81 Main St.; Griffin's Restaurant, 22 Market Space; and Buddy's Crabs and Ribs, 100 Main St.

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