Liquor violation yields fine for Pizza Hut

November 10, 2006|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,Sun Reporter

The owner of an Ellicott City Pizza Hut was fined $1,000 for an incident March 18, when several underage employees were found by county liquor inspector Detective Martin Johnson drinking vodka in the business after closing.

According to the decision by the county's Alcoholic Beverage Hearing Board, Johnson noticed cars parked around the restaurant after closing time and found a 25-year-old manager trainee inside with three teenage employees.

A friend of the cook came to the restaurant, at 10120 Baltimore National Pike, to give him a ride home and brought a bottle of vodka, which all were drinking when the manager trainee showed up. He stayed and had a beer until Johnson arrived.

Licensee Sandra Files, who has owned the franchise for a decade, said she fired the teenagers and transferred the trainee to another restaurant, one without a liquor license. Now, closing is done by salaried managers and employees' friends are not allowed to visit.

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