Steamboat Springs Three Steamboat Springs businesses failed a routine Steamboat Springs Police Department alcohol compliance check Friday night, three months after all 17 businesses passed a similar check.
"Obviously it's disappointing when you achieve a 100 percent (compliancy) rate and then experience a setback," police Capt. Joel Rae said Monday. "It shows that these checks are something we need to be doing all the time."
Mother's Deli, Qdoba Mexican Grill and the Kum & Go on Anglers Drive failed the check by selling alcohol to an undercover 18-year-old man and 19-year-old woman. Mother's Deli and Qdoba Mexican Grill received two citations because they served alcohol to both undercover minors. Kum & Go was cited once because only one of the minors purchased alcohol from the convenience store.
The three servers or cashiers who sold the alcohol received misdemeanor summonses to Routt County Court, Rae said.
The 10 businesses that passed the compliance check are Sunpie's Bistro, Steamboat Yacht Club, Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, Steamboat Discount Liquor, Panda Garden, Vino, Old Town Pub, The Wine Rack, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Pirate's Pub in Jade Summit restaurant.
Rae said city staff, which includes City Clerk Julie Jordan, assistant City Attorney Dan Foote and himself, will recommend that the Steamboat Springs City Council treat Mother's Deli's and Qdoba's violations as two each, not one.
The offenses are the third and fourth violations for Mother's Deli. They are the first and second for Qdoba.
Mother's Deli was cited by the state's Liquor Enforcement Division in a July 2006 incident in which open containers of alcohol were allowed to leave the premises. The state suspended the bar's liquor license for 15 days as a result of the violation. The bar served five of those days in November 2006. An additional 10 days were held in abeyance. The second violation occurred in September 2006 when officers cited the business for allowing a visibly intoxicated man to loiter on the bar's premises. The city imposed a 28-day liquor license suspension for that violation. Ten days were served in May, and 18 days were held in abeyance.
Rae said the city could implement those 18 days in addition to the state "quite possibly" implementing its 10 days. That wouldn't include whatever punishment the business receives as a result of Friday's failed compliance check.
Mother's Deli, Qdoba and Kum & Go likely will appear on the council's July 5 Liquor License Authority agenda.
Stephen Chavez, who manages Mother's Deli and represented the bar during a hearing in February, was unavailable for comment Monday. Chavez was arrested June 9 by Steamboat police on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.
"People need to constantly be reminded to check IDs. Period," Rae said. "These are 18- and 19-year-old kids that look like they're 18 and 19."
The compliance checks were conducted using a $43,000 federal grant the police department received to curb underage drinking in the community. The Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws, or EUDL, grant is being administered through April 2008. The money is being used for police training, additional investigations, compliance checks and educational and awareness programs at area schools.