COLUMBUS – Agents from the Ohio Investigative Unit (OIU) cited six establishments overnight after receiving complaints of blatant violations of orders in place to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
Trotters Pub and Grill in New Lexington was one of the six, as agents visited the following liquor-permitted establishments and issued citations after witnessing the violations.
Trotters received an administrative citation for improper conduct – disorderly activity. Agents visited the establishment and observed approximately 40 to 50 patrons in the outdoor patio area with multiple groups congregating and intermixing with other social groups.
Additional patrons were standing and crowding the at the entrance to and around the bar. There were no physical barriers or social distance between patrons or groups of patrons. Staff members were observed walking around the bar and patio areas not wearing facial coverings. Agents explained and answered questions on what was needed to make the establishment compliant.
The others included Bout Time Tavern in Delaware; SHAZAM INC., known as Midway Bar & Grill in Euclid; 624 Front LLC., known as Vida Cantina in Toledo; New Longhorn Saloon LLC., known as the Polish Ostrich in Toledo; Bad James LLC., known as Four Horsemen in Toledo.
These cases will go before the Ohio Liquor Control Commission for potential penalties, including fines and/or the suspension or revocation of liquor permits.
“We all need to continue to work together by following the precautions put in place to make these establishments safe and compliant,” said OIU Enforcement Commander Eric Wolf. “OIU continues to work with local partners to follow up on complaints ensuring liquor-permitted establishments maintain compliance and enforcement action is taken when egregious violations are observed so everyone can enjoy a healthy experience.”
The Ohio Investigative Unit is made up of fully-sworn, plainclothes peace officers responsible for enforcing Ohio’s alcohol, tobacco, and food stamp fraud laws. Agents conduct compliance checks to ensure the liquor permit premises are compliant with the Ohio Liquor Control Act. Agents also act on complaints of illegal activity on liquor permit premises. In addition to providing the safety checks associated with the COVID-19 directives, OIU agents continue to perform their normal compliance checks to ensure the liquor permit premises are complying with the Ohio Liquor Control Act.
This article originally appeared on Zanesville Times Recorder: New Lex restaurant cited for violating health orders