The Chattanooga Beer and Wrecker Board handed out violations Thursday to five area establishments: Mapco, Jefferson’s, Raw, Poblanos Mexican Cuisine and Red Lobster.
Mapco district manager Krista Takacsappeared before the board for a sale to a minor violation at the4600 Highway 58 location. The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office performed a compliance check Jan 27.
Authorities cited the clerk on the scene, and management terminated the woman.
Takacs said the clerk did not follow the proper procedure.
Board members approved a $250 find for Mapco, which is a member of the state’s responsible beer vendor program and had no prior offenses.
Jefferson’s owner Nick Carullawas present for violations of sale to a minor, loitering and gambling.
On Feb. 2 at about 10 p.m., the HCSO and state agents performed a bar check of the establishment, located at 618 Georgia Ave.
The deputies and state agents made six arrests that night-four for fake IDs, one for underage consumption and one for public intoxication.
Officer John Collins said that it was chaos inside Jefferson’s that night.
Since the incident has occurred, Jefferson’s has bought an ID scanner and will no longer be having a college night.
“We are a restaurant at the end of the day,” Carulla said.
The board voted to suspend Jefferson’s beer license for five days, beginning March 16.
Jim Striker, owner of Raw Dance Bar and Grill at 409 Market St., appeared before the board for an overcrowding violation.
On Feb. 5, the HSCO and Chattanooga Fire Department were doing a series of checks on clubs for overcrowding. At 2:40 a.m., Collins and a member of the CFD performed a dump of the club, where everyone leaves the building out of one controlled exit for counting. They found 262 people in the upstairs section, which has a maximum capacity of 170.
Striker has since implemented new methods of controlling the numbers of guests.
“We had figured out the best solution was to shut the other entrances to the upstairs and for me to hire another door person to work the upstairs,” Striker said.
Raw will be serving a three-day beer license suspension March 23-26. The establishment had two previous violations from 2011 and 2014-one for operating a disorderly place and one for sale to an incapacitated party, respectively.
Owner Stephen Hyde appeared before the board for violations of sale to a minor at Poblanos Mexican Cuisine, located at 551 River St. The sale to a minor was part of a compliance check with the HCSO. Poblanos is currently serving a 30-day suspension of wine and liquor sales from the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission. TABC previously gave Poblanos a five-day suspension in 2016.
The board agreed to sustain TABC’s suspensions, requiring a five-day beer license suspension beginning March 3 and a 30-day suspension beginning March 8.
Board ChairmanChristopher Keene said the board was being too lenient on Hyde. He said that if he had it his way, he would revoke his beer license.
“You’re a tragedy waiting to happen,” he said. “You’re going to kill somebody. I don’t want you to have a license. I think we should shut you down, personally.”
General manager for the Red Lobster at 2200 Bams Drive Sheri Lewis appeared before the board for a violation of sale to a minor. Lewis was not the general manager at the time of the violation, but during her time with this location has implemented programs to prevent this from happening in the future with her staff, she said.
The location already served a seven-day suspension of wine and liquor sales from TABC. The board agreed to sustain that punishment, requiring a seven-day beer license suspension beginning March 9.
The Chattanooga Beer and Wrecker Board, which meets biweekly, has the power to issue beer permits and revoke or suspend beer licenses.
Eric Wise is a contributing writer. He is currently attending UTC, where he is a staff writer for the school newspaper, The University Echo. He also serves as the alumni relations chairman for his fraternity.