Second police bust closes bar for a month
Vail CO, Colorado
EAGLE COUNTY ” Drinks were still being served at the Rumpus Room on the night they were ordered to stop serving alcohol, landing the bar’s owner in hot water with the county commissioners.
The Edwards restaurant that doubles as a lounge will now have its doors closed until the end of April. Meanwhile Rumpus Room owner Bill Woodruff said he plans a major re-organization and review of their own alcohol service rules for employees.
A December police sting that caught the bar serving alcohol to minors led to a five-day suspension. Woodruff and his business partner, Sterling Bradbrook, chose to begin their suspension on April 1, and were instructed to hang signs inside and outside of the bar at midnight on that day, said Kathy Scriver, who oversees liquor licensing for the county.
When Sheriff’s Deputy Alex Iacovetto went to the bar at 12:15 on the night their suspension went into effect. The signs were not posted and alcohol was still being served, he said.
“It was an honest mistake,” Woodruff said. “I was there that night, and when the Sheriff’s Office came we immediately closed.”
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Bradbrook was the manager on duty that night and the pair have since “severed the business relationship,” Woodruff said.
The Rumpus Room was voluntarily shut down by Woodruff on April 1 after the police came, and has been closed since, Woodruff said. Before opening again, a new alcohol service plan, responsible alcohol service training will be given to all employees, a new menu will be created and Woodruff will legally transfer the liquor license to his name only, he said.
The days the bar have been closed will count towards the five days of suspension it was originally required to serve, Scriver said.
“I am appalled because it’s like you just weren’t paying attention,” County Commissioner Peter Runyon told Woodruff in a Tuesday meeting at the Eagle County Building in Eagle. “You seem very sincere and like you’re repentant and on the path of righteousness, but you’ve said that before. Yet it’s encouraging that you have voluntarily shut down to get things in order.”
The Rumpus Room was required by the commissioners to stay closed until an alcohol management plan and training for servers could be put into place. They will also have to serve one day of suspension the day after they are ready to re-open.
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