18 Businesses Fail Liquor Compliance Checks

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This weekend officers and deputies from the Grand Junction Police Department, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, and State Liquor Enforcement conducted compliance checks at 147 liquor establishments in the Grand Valley.  The checks included sending an underage person into the business to see if that person could purchase alcohol.  Of the 147 businesses checked, 18 sold alcohol to the underage person.

The businesses that are out of compliance must go before the City of Grand Junction’s Liquor Hearing Officer or State Liquor Hearing Board, which will determine how the business will be sanctioned.  Penalties could range from a fine to a suspension.  A liquor license revocation would only happen if a business was determined to be a chronic violator.

The businesses that were not in compliance are:

Rib City Grill (Fruita) 

Pablo’s Pizza (Fruita)

Reeder Mesa Vineyard (Whitewater)

Asia Garden Chinese (GJ)

Fairground Liquors (GJ)

Junct’n Square Pizza (GJ)

Planet Wines (GJ)

Loco Food Store #12 (GJ)

Garfield’s Off Broadway (GJ)

Rocky Mountain Pub (GJ) 

Kuniko’s Teriyaki Grill (GJ)

Johny’s Beer & Liquor (GJ)

Palisade Super Stop (Palisade)

The Packing Shed (Palisade)

Mt Garfield Liquors (GJ)

The Livery (Palisade)

Leon’s Taqueria (Clifton)

Rockslide (GJ)


This joint agency operation was funded by the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws grant that was given to the Grand Junction Police Department.

The City of Grand Junction is offering FREE training for liquor license owners, their managers and employees. 

The training will cover:
• Server responsibility
• ID checking and enforcement
• Recognizing signs of intoxication
• Guarding against over service of patrons
 Thursday, December 8, 2011
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street

More information about the training can be found at http://www.gjcity.org/Administration.aspx?id=2147527212

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