Oct 182011

City officials suspended a Central City grocery’s liquor license Tuesday afternoon after the business failed to pay fines it owed over back taxes.

The DO2GO Grocery at 1201 S. Rampart agreed in March to a $1,700 fine over unpaid taxes that was due within 30 days, city officials testified during a Tuesday’s afternoon meeting of the Alcohol Beverage Control Board. The payment was never received, and the business did not respond to official notice that the matter would be dealt with Tuesday, officials said.

City attorney Dan McNamara recommended an additional $1,000 fine and a 30-day suspension of the license, but Commissioner Robert Jenkins Jr. modified the penalty to an indefinite suspension. Now, the license will remain suspended until the total $2,700 has been paid, at which time the board will decide whether to reinstate the license or revoke it permanently.

Most of Tuesday’s board meeting was scheduled for the trial of the New Edition bar on A.P. Tureaud Avenue, but commissioners also heard updates on several pending cases against Uptown establishments.

  • Phillips Bar on Maple Street, a recent addition to the Alcohol Beverage Control Board’s docket, is classified as a restaurant but may be selling more alcohol than food, McNamara said after Commissioner Jerry Speir asked for details on the case. “The issue whether they’ve changed the use of that establishment,” McNamara said.
  • The Uptown Daiquiri/Uptown Deli/Discount City trio of businesses in the old Wagner’s Meat building on South Claiborne continued its requests that its charges be dropped: “There’s nothing here to support the charges that are in the petition,” said attorney Seth Smiley.

McNamara replied that the city had been working toward an “amicable” resolution that included a consent judgment against the businesses, but was willing to drop those negotiations and proceed with trial. Instead, the attorneys for the businesses agreed to continue reviewing the case for the time being.

Cases against those and other Uptown establishments, such as The Precinct and Key Food Store, were postponed until the Nov. 15 meeting.

To read our live coverage of the meeting, click “Replay” in the box below.

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