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Cousins close their ‘Joint’

Susan Wood, Tahoe Daily Tribune
Dan Thrift/Tahoe Daily TribuneLoss of liquor license forced the closure of My Cousin's Joint.

Beer bottles lined the bar counter and cups littered the floor of My Cousin’s Joint Monday, marking the last hoorah for the 4-year-old night spot.

A lack of food sales placed the bar’s liquor license — held by Anthony Dana — in default. The state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control cited two offenses for beverage sales outpacing food sales on a restaurant liquor license. An employee also sold alcohol without checking identification to a minor decoy in September, according to the ABC.

Co-owners and cousins Dana and Mark Zernickow said the location

on Sandy Way next to the U.S. Post Office didn’t lend itself to maintaining a restaurant business. The law requires a licensee have equal sales for food and beverages, but the establishment mostly catered to bar customers, Zernickow said.

The cousins may find a new location to accommodate their specialized pizza recipe and bar-next-door clientele.

“With redevelopment, the options are unlimited,” Zernickow said.

The cousins also have considered selling the liquor license. Zernickow said he has received numerous inquiries. But for now, Dana and Zernickow plan to get in plenty of snowboarding.

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