October 14th, 2008 | by Tony Piff News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Cops and Courts

Liquor Control Commission Cracks the Whip: Nine Watering Holes Busted

beer_wideweb__430x298,0 In a release today, the OLCC announced sanctions issued against nine Portland establishments. Two amusing items:

Wong's Chinese Restaurant in Tualatin "will pay a civil penalty of $4,620 or serve a 28-day suspension for permitting illegal activity when an employee sold marijuana to a patron ." Wong's, a strip-mall joint on Martinazzi Avenue, is described by online reviewers as, essentially, "meh." Munchies not required.

City Sports Bar & Restaurant is closing up and selling, in anticipation of the non-renewal of its liquor license, effective January 31, 2009. The OLCC's decision not to renew comes in response to a "history of serious and persistent problems involved disturbances , unlawful activities including assaults, damaged property and numerous dangerous situations for patrons and the police. Injuries have been inflicted with guns, knives, bottles, glasses and fists. "

And COPS ' ratings plunge.

Read the whole news release for yourself:
PORTLAND, Ore. - At their monthly meeting Oct. 10, the commissioners of
the Oregon Liquor Control Commission ratified the following sanctions to
Oregon licensees as agreed in stipulated settlements.

Toad's Express Mart #224, 138 Hutchins Road, Sutherlin; will pay a
civil penalty of $1,155 or serve a seven-day suspension for selling,
serving or making alcoholic liquor available to a visibly intoxicated
person. Licensees are Glenn Zirkle, Ruth Zirkle, Richard Dyke, Eugene
Tish and Zeruiah Dyke of WSCO Petroleum Corporation.

Vera's/Chef Joden's, 122 West Central Street, Sutherlin; will pay a
civil penalty of $1,155 or serve a seven-day suspension for permitting
two minors to be in an area of the licensed premises which is prohibited
to minors. Licensees are Dennis Standers, Carol Vera and Richard Vera.

Poor Richard's Restaurant, 3907 NE Broadway, Portland; will pay a
$1,485 civil penalty or serve a nine-day suspension for allowing an
employee to sell, mix, or serve alcoholic beverages, or supervise those
who do, without a valid service permit. Licensees are Yu Sok So and
Myung Ok Oh of Yumyung Corporation.

Wong's Chinese Restaurant, 19449 SW Martinazzi Ave., Tualatin; will
pay a civil penalty of $4,620 or serve a 28-day suspension for
permitting illegal activity when an employee sold marijuana to a patron
on Aug. 30, 2007 and Oct. 11, 2007. Licensees are Jenny Wong and Walter
Wong.

AM/PM Mini Mart, 9560 NW Glencoe Road, Hillsboro; will pay a $1,485
civil penalty or serve a nine-day suspension for failing to verify the
age of a minor during a Washington County Sheriff's Office minor sales
check before allowing her to buy or be served an alcoholic beverage when
she reasonably appeared under 26 years of age. AM/PM Mini Mart will
also be removed from the Responsible Vendor Program. Licensee is
Tharwat Youssef of Youssef, Inc.

Moe's Southwestern Grill, 25725-H Gwen Drive, Wilsonville, will pay a
$2,640 civil penalty or serve a 16-day suspension for allowing employees
to sell, mix, or serve alcoholic beverages, or supervise those who do,
without a valid service permit. Licensee is Michael Goodman of Wraps of
Argyle Square, LLC.

The Spot Again, 117 S. Molalla Ave., Molalla, will pay a $1,485 civil
penalty or serve a nine-day suspension for allowing an employee to sell,
mix, or serve alcoholic beverages, or supervise those who do, without a
valid service permit. Licensees are Darrel Sandquist, Farrell
Sandquist, and Julie Sandquist of The Spot Again, Inc.

Tired Feat Tavern, 8431 SE 82nd Ave., Portland, will pay a civil
penalty of $1,485 or serve a nine-day suspension for allowing an
employee to sell, mix, or serve alcoholic beverages, or supervise those
who do, without a valid service permit. Licensees are John Chen and
Mellisa Chen of Woody's Enterprises, Inc.

City Sports Bar & Restaurant, 424 SW 4th Ave., Portland; has begun the
process to sell the business following a proposal for cancellation and
non-renewal of the liquor license for a history of serious and
persistent problems. As part of the stipulated settlement, the licensee
will surrender the liquor license and will stop selling, mixing or
serving alcoholic beverages by Jan. 31, 2009 or before, if the sale of
the business is completed before then. In the meantime, the licensee
has accepted a restriction on the license that all alcohol sales and
service will end by 12:30 a.m. and the premises will close by 1:00 a.m.
In addition, a letter of reprimand will be issued to the licensee that
will remain part of OLCC's permanent file. Licensees are Liem K. Mai
and Timmy A. Pearce of MPM Restaurants, LLC.

The history of serious and persistent problems involved disturbances,
unlawful activities including assaults, damaged property and numerous
dangerous situations for patrons and the police. Injuries have been
inflicted with guns, knives, bottles, glasses and fists. “This is
certainly the quickest resolution to close the business and eliminate
the threat to the public,” said Janice Kindrick, OLCC Regional
Enforcement Manager. “If we hadn't reached this agreement with the
licensee, it would have taken much longer to go through the legal
process of canceling the license.”

Sale of Related Items:
In a vote of 2-2, the commissioners denied the proposed rule change to
allow the sale of Oregon university/college logo giftware and apparel in
exclusive Oregon liquor stores.

The five citizen commissioners are the policy-making body of the OLCC.
They meet monthly for one or two days to make decisions on liquor
licenses, rules, contested case hearings and appointments of liquor
store agents. Commission meetings are held every other month at OLCC's
main office, 9079 SE McLoughlin Blvd., Room 103A in Portland.
Subsequent months, the meetings are held via phone. Agenda items can be
obtained on-line at http://www.oregon.gov/OLCC/public_meetings.shtml
 
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