Steamboat Springs Two Steamboat Springs businesses that failed recent compliance checks by selling alcohol to minors had their liquor licenses suspended Thursday.
Fiesta Jalisco failed a May 5 compliance check, and Jade Summit failed a June 16 check. During the checks, police sent an underage person into a business to try to buy alcohol.
During a hearing Thursday, the Steamboat Springs City Council, which is the city's liquor license authority, suspended Fiesta Jalisco's liquor license for five days. The business will only serve two of those days. The other three days will be held in abeyance and will only be served if the restaurant fails another compliance check within the year.
Fiesta Jalisco will not be allowed to serve alcohol on Sept. 14 and 15, a Thursday and Friday.
Jade Summit's liquor license was suspended for seven days, with three days held in abeyance. Jade Summit will not be allowed to serve alcohol for four days during the last week in August.
Kevin Nerney, Jade Summit's owner and liquor license holder, was cited individually because he served the underage buyer.
Both restaurant owners declined comment during their hearings.
City Clerk Julie Jordan told City Council members that the staff team, which included police Capt. Joel Rae and attorney Dan Foote, had agreed on Fiesta Jalisco's suspension recommendation. Jordan said the restaurant agreed to beef up its current alcohol policies and implement new proactive policies to encourage responsible alcohol sales.
Fiesta Jalisco has agreed to notify police if any customer attempts to use a false ID; post signage in both English and Spanish alerting customers they must be 21 years of age or older to purchase alcohol; post signage in both English and Spanish reminding servers and bartenders to ID all customers that appear under 35 years of age; and have a written policy regarding the restaurant's alcohol policies that all employees will be required to read and sign.
The City Council began suspending liquor licenses after adopting a new liquor license ordinance last fall.
The new ordinance was largely in response to a September compliance check in which nine of 11 stores failed.
In other business, the council heard evidence from the police department that Amante Coffee allegedly allowed an underage girl to "take a sip from a bartender's beer" on July 6.
An unknown Amante Coffee customer reportedly recognized the girl from high school and called police to report that she was drinking alcohol, police reports indicate.
Officers contacted the girl, who admitted to being underage, and gave her a citation.
The bartender also was cited, and the coffee shop's liquor license holder will face the liquor license authority at a Sept. 7 show cause hearing, at which time the council will determine how many, if any, days to suspend the shop's liquor license.
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