Edwards bar loses liquor license | VailDaily.com

Edwards bar loses liquor license

Veronica Whitney

Owner Hugo Parra will surrender the license when it expires at the end of the month.This is the second restaurant at the same site to lose its license in little more than a year. Eagle County Liquor License Inspector Earlene Roach recommended denial of the renewal citing a “continuing pattern of fights, violent activity and disorderly conduct at the establishment.””This board has good cause to find that the premises have been operated in a manner that adversely affects the public health, welfare and safety of the immediate neighborhood,” Roach said.Parra was summoned to appear before the commissioners after several complaints and disturbances were reported since the restaurant opened.County Attorney Diane Mauriello listed 11 police reports, including:- One report concerning drugs.- Five reports of possible over-serving customers.- Two reports of underage drinking.- One parking complaint.- Two reports about noise.”Eleven complaints or disturbances in one year is just about 11 too many,” Roach said. “Officers have told me this place is a problem. Some say they don’t feel comfortable going in anymore. They say it’s worse than Champions.”Parra, meanwhile, said he had been working hard to control the disturbances.”This is my first business and I’m still learning about it,” he said.Parra said without a liquor license he will probably close the restaurant.Establishments that sell alcohol have to renew their liquor license every year. The Eagle County Clerk and Recorder’s Office issues 110 liquor licenses a year. Before recommending a renewal of a liquor license, Roach said she does a simple investigation to see if there had been any complaints of disturbance to the sheriffs office.If there is a death caused by alcohol in the middle of a licence, the county conducts a Show Cause hearing, like in Champions’ case, were owners of the establishment have to prove there wasn’t over serving.Roach also said she had received several complaints of neighbors and business owners of the restaurant located along Highway 6 in front of Riverwalk.Dan Wolf, Parra’s attorney, said there is some incongruity between the restaurant and the neighborhood.”This is a working-class restaurant in a non-working-class neighborhood,” Parra said.But Roach said in the past year she had only received complaints for Rancho Viejo.”I have spoken with the applicant on three separate occasions on how to control his establishment. Apparently that hasn’t work,” she said.Commissioner Arn Menconi said Parra should have been more careful after purchasing a business that already had lost its liquor license.”Had Champions not been the predecessor, this wouldn’t have been an issue,” Wolf said. “It’s unfair to raise the bar because of the predecessor.”In March 2001, Champions’ owner Ralph Dockery lost a license to sell alcohol after commissioners ruled that in October 2000 Carolyn Barton, 34, had been overserved by Champions’ employees. After leaving the bar, Barton fell off a bike path bridge and drowned in Lake Creek. According to the pathology report, she had a blood alcohol level of 0.216 at the time of her death, more than twice the state’s legal limit of 0.10.”This file has been considered on its own merits,” said Commissioner Michael Gallagher.Veronica Whitney can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 454, or at vwhitney@vaildaily.com.

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