March 15th, 2010 5:33 pm | by HANK STERN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP

OLCC Levies Penalty Against Crystal Ballroom

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The OLCC announced this afternoon that it has agreed to the following settlement in its case against the Crystal Ballroom:

Crystal Ballroom & Brewery, 1332 W. Burnside, Portland; will pay a fine of $5,280 or serve a 32-day license suspension, and four restrictions will be placed on the liquor license for two violations. The first violation is for a history of serious and persistent problems. The second violation is for permitting unlawful activity when two employees provided private security services without being certified to do so. Licensee will also be removed from the Responsible Vendor Program. The licensee is McMenamin's, Inc., Michael McMenamin and Brian McMenamin, Corporate Principals.

We'll update this as we get more.

OLCC spokeswoman Christie Scott says the restrictions on the venue include limits on how many containers a patron may have (two) and how much alcohol is in each container (16 ounces for a malt beverage, six ounces for a glass of wine, and two ounces for distilled spirits); a requirement that there is one person certified by the state Department of Public Safety Standards and Testing at each public event per 100 patrons, as well as at least two DPSST-certified people from 8 pm to closing for those events.

"If you violate a restriction, it's a proposed license cancellation," Scott says.

She adds the reason that removal from the OLCC's Responsible Vendor Program (a training program that teaches employees how to spot fake IDs and minors) is important because it eliminates the possibility that a license holder can get a reduced sanction if it sells booze to a minor.
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