SAVANNAH, GA (September 20, 2019) – An operation into underage alcohol sales by Savannah Police’s Alcohol Beverage Compliance (ABC) Unit resulted in five out of 12 businesses failing.

During the operation, which ran from Sept. 18-19, underage subjects visited 12 restaurants to determine if they comply with Georgia law in regard to alcohol sales.

Out of the 12, five 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 seven 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:

Bowtie Barbeque Co., LLC, 6724 Waters Ave.

Finnegan’s, 114 W. Bay St.

Bonefish Grill #7103, 5500 Abercorn St.

Howlin’ Hound, 6730 Waters Ave.

The Distillery, 416 W. Liberty St.

The following businesses passed:

The Black Rabbit, 1215 Barnard St.

Vault Kitchen and Market, 2112 Bull St.

El Coyote, 1 W. Victory Drive

The Grey Market, 109 Jefferson St.

Long Branch, 2411 Skidaway Road

B. Matthews Eatery, 325 E. Bay St.

Spanky’s Southside, 308 Mall Blvd.