Max Liquors and Bar on North 7th Street received a 40-day license suspension for multiple infractions of selling to underage patrons, selling loose cigarettes, and selling after the legal hour, according to city records.
The city’s Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board suspended the establishment located at 77 North 7th Street for a 40-day period on Wednesday evening.
“You have some very serious charges here. 40 days is a gift,” said James Briggs, board commissioner.
The bar sold hard liquor after the legal hour on June 1st, 2014 and again on August 17th, 2014, according to board records.
On November 22nd, 2014, it sold alcohol to an underage undercover police officer. On November 26th, 2014, the business sold liquor before 9 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
Police observed the business selling loose cigarettes as well.
On January 11th, 2015, the establishment again sold to an undercover police officer who was under 21 years of age. On February 18th, 2015, the business was caught again selling loose cigarettes, according to city records.
Illegal activity at the business included possession of a machete, according to records. On May 9th, 2015 and again on May 29th, 2015 the business was cited for selling liquor after the legal hour, according to records.
On August 15th, 2015, the business was cited for selling after the legal hour and for selling to an underage patron.
“40 days is lenient,” said Octavio Aguilar, board commissioner.
Maximo Arias, the bar owner, claimed older customers were purchasing alcohol from his business and handing it to underage individuals outside. He said the underage individuals were paying older persons to purchase liquor on their behalf.
The undercover policers weren’t paid to go into the business to buy, remarked commissioner Juan Hernandez.
“Next time revocation,” said Briggs.
The 40-day suspension began on Monday, October 19th, 2015.