SAVANNAH, GA (December 17, 2018) – An operation into underage alcohol sales by Savannah Police’s Alcohol Beverage Compliance (ABC) Unit resulted in 11 out of 17 businesses failing.
During the operation, underage subjects visited 17 businesses, ranging from restaurants and bars to convenience and grocery stores, to determine if they comply with Georgia law in regard to alcohol sales.
Out of the 17, 11 failed the operation. The managers or licensees of the establishments were notified of the alcohol sold, that the buyer was underage, if the buyer was checked for identification, how the alcohol was served or sold, and what actions would be taken by law enforcement. The Georgia Department of Revenue Alcohol and Tobacco Division will follow up with the businesses on fines they will face as a result of the failure.
The ABC Unit plans to remain vigilant in its efforts to curb underage sales and plans to continue to conduct operations regarding underage alcohol sales and overconsumption. Businesses are urged to train their staff on the law and the implications of failure to comply.
The six businesses that passed will receive letters of congratulations from the Savannah Police Department.
According to the City of Savannah’s Alcohol Beverage Ordinance, a first offense results in a minimum fine of $500; second offense, if within 12 months of the first, results in a $750 fine; third offense, if within 18 months of the first, results in a $1,000 fine; and any further offense, if within 24 months of the first, results in issuance of a notice to appear to show cause for why the establishment’s alcohol license should not be revoked.
The following businesses were cited:
Tijuana Flats, 1800 E. Victory Drive
Jalapeno’s, 8840 Abercorn St.
Discount Corner, 902 Pennsylvania Ave.
Harry’s Liquorama, 288 Pennsylvania Ave.
Savannah 7-11 Original, 1300 E. DeRenne Ave.
Abe’s on Licoln, 17 Lincoln St.
Adler’s Package Shop, 325 W. Duffy St.
Better Than Sex – A Dessert Restaurant, 410 W. Broughton St.
Little Duck Diner, 150 W. St. Julian St.
Cancun Mexican Restaurant, 5500 Abercorn St.
Taste of India, 401 Mall Blvd.
The following businesses passed:
Kroger, 318 Mall Blvd.
Publix, 5500 Abercorn St.
Delesseps Quick Stop, 2022 Delesseps Ave.
Parker’s, 1976 E. Victory Drive
Bull Street Taco, 1608 Bull St.
Carlito’s Mexican Restaurant, 119 Martin Luther King Blvd.