Two businesses were cited for violations and another business was issued a beer permit during Thursday night’s meeting of the Paris Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.
RJ’s Lounge, at 103 S. Brewer St., was issued a citation on Jan. 14 for having nine people in the bar with the door locked at 3:08 a.m.
The city ordinance doesn’t allow anyone on the premises of a bar after 3 a.m.
Paris Police Department Lt. Ean Reed said he gave a verbal warning to a bartender at RJ’s, Brandon Melton, two weeks before the citation was issued.
Melton was the bartender at the bar the second time Reed visited, too, when the offense took place.
RJ’s was given the option of a $500 fine to be paid before Feb. 28, or a seven-day suspension beginning that day.
Smoke Shack, at 1047 Mineral Wells Ave., was issued a citation for selling alcohol to a person under the age of 21 on Dec. 13, which is when a routine undercover operation was run in which someone over 18 and under 21 attempts to buy beer, according to Henry County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jamie Myrick.
A cashier named Amy Michelle Neil sold alcohol to the undercover operative. Business owner James Meness said she was fired that day.
Smoke Shack was given the option of a $500 fine to be paid by Feb. 28, or a 14-day suspension beginning that day.
In other business:
• The Bowling Alley, formerly known as the Family Fun Center and located at 1118 N. Market St., was issued a permit by the board.
Regina Spicer, the new owner of the business, demonstrated that she had a plan for training employees on laws and city ordinances.
She plans to keep closing hours relatively early and said she would extend the business hours to “midnight at the latest.”
The beer permit was unanimously approved, 4-0, by the board. Board member Robert Sleadd was absent.