In the first round of alcohol compliance checks conducted by members of the Conway Police Department in 2012 at area businesses, only two businesses failed to ask for identification and served alcohol to a minor.
Servers at Zaza’s and Logan’s were issued citations for serving alcohol to an underage informant after they returned to the informant’s table and provided her with an alcoholic beverage. At that time, the informant and an officer left the business and two officers spoke with the manager at both businesses to inform them of the incidents.
Compliance checks were conducted at 10 other businesses with positive results. Servers at Oak Street Bistro, Buffalo Wild Wings, Chili’s, Michelangelo’s, La Huerta, U.S. Pizza, Ruby Tuesday, Outback, Los Tres Portillos and Kings asked for identification and refused to serve alcohol to the underage informant when she placed a drink order.
La Tresha Woodruff, public information officer for the department said that investigators are encouraged by the positive results in the latest round of compliance checks.
"We are encouraged by the results of the latest round of compliance checks because it means businesses owners and their staff are becoming more observant and more aware of who they are serving," she said. "Obviously, we would like to see a time when investigators could go out several times in a row and have everyone pass, but 10 out of 12 is not bad. We look forward to everyone passing during future checks."
Frequent compliance checks were conducted last year and while this was the first set for 2012, many more are expected.
The compliance checks are made possible through a grant from the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration’s "Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws" program.
(Candie Beck is a staff writer and can be reached at 505-1238 or at firstname.lastname@example.org)