Meyers club accused of selling alcohol to minor
February 17, 2003
The Alcoholic Beverage Control issued a citation against Divided Sky, a popular establishment in Meyers, for serving wine to a minor.
Two undercover agents observed the action earlier this month when the owner reportedly did not card a 19-year-old woman who ordered a glass of wine, said Carl DeWing, spokesman for the agency.
A bartender then refilled her glass without asking for identification, DeWing said.
All three parties were cited.
Since it is Divided Sky’s first offense, there could be an option of a 15-day suspension of alcohol or a fine of $750 to $3,000. The fine depends on the volume of gross alcohol sales per day, DeWing said.
“He had a liquor license since Feb. 6 (2002),” DeWing said. “It took him a year and two days to get his first strike.”
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Brian Levy, owner of Divided Sky at 3200 Highway 50, said he will appear in court and choose the undetermined fine.
There are variables to the type of punishment. Since the licensee sold to the minor, there may not be the option of a fine, DeWing said.
Divided Sky is still able to sell beer and wine as well as food. The restaurant and hangout with live music at night recently applied to sell hard liquor. The application will be decided after the punishment is determined, DeWing said.
“We’re not in the business to put licensees out of business,” DeWing said. “We just want them to follow the law.”
Levy said he didn’t think the bust was unfair and will continue his quest to serve hard alcohol.
DeWing said Sacramento ABC representatives usually investigate a Tahoe alcohol establishment after a complaint is made by a citizen or law enforcement agency. He said in the past six months investigators have traveled to South Lake Tahoe to check out businesses. ABC officers usually help Tahoe authorities during New Year’s Eve.