SAVANNAH — An underage alcohol sales sting in Savannah resulted in three businesses being cited for selling to underage patrons, while 13 of the 16 businesses checked IDs.
During the operation, which ran Oct. 16 and 17, underage patrons visited 16 locations, from restaurants to convenience stores, to determine if they comply with Georgia law in regard to alcohol sales.
Out of the 16, three failed the operation.
The managers or licensees of the establishments were notified of the alcohol sold, that the buyer was underage, if the buyer was checked for identification, how the alcohol was served or sold, and what actions would be taken by law enforcement. The Georgia Department of Revenue Alcohol and Tobacco Division will follow up with the businesses on fines they will face as a result of the failure.
The 13 businesses that passed will receive letters of congratulations from the Savannah Police Department.
According to the City of Savannah’s Alcohol Beverage Ordinance, a first offense results in a minimum fine of $500; second offense, if within 12 months of the first, results in a $750 fine; third offense, if within 18 months of the first, results in a $1,000 fine; and any further offense, if within 24 months of the first, results in issuance of a notice to appear to show cause for why the establishment’s alcohol license should not be revoked.
The following businesses were cited:
El Potro, 13051 Abercorn St.
Cha Bella Restaurant, 102 E. Broad St.
Rinconcito Latino, 2308 Skidaway Road
The following businesses passed:
Artillery, 307 Bull St.
Below Zero, 10 Barnard St.
CO, 10 Whitaker St.
Georgia Tasting Room, 306 W. St. Julian St.
Stoggies, 802 Montgomery St.
U.S. Foodmart, 1315 Augusta Ave.
Buffalo Wild Wings, 7700 Abercorn St.
Chipotle, 318 Mall Blvd., Suite 600C
S&M Food Market, 11711 Largo Drive
Sushi Zen, 1100 Eisenhower Drive
Shivali & Shivam, 8001 Waters Ave.
Kroger, 311 Gwinnett St.
Jen and Friends, 7 E. Congress St.