Officials with the Conway Police Department have conducted a second round of alcohol compliance checks at local businesses within the city with favorable results. Of the eight businesses checked, only two servers failed to ask for identification before serving alcohol to the informant.

Servers at Gusano’s and Beef O’Brady’s were issued citations after officers made them aware that they had just served alcohol to a minor.

Compliance checks were also conducted on servers at Brick Oven Pizza, Cactus Jack’s, the VFW, J.J.’s Bar and Grill, Old Chicago and TGI Friday’s with all six servers refusing to serve alcohol to the informant.

La Tresha Woodruff, public information officer for the department said officials are pleased with the results but there is still room for progress.

“Of the last 20 compliance checks, we have only had four servers fail to ask for identification, which is a good thing,” she said. “However, this leaves some room for businesses to improve and business owners to make their servers aware that they need to ask for identification to avoid dealing with serving alcohol to underage customers.”

Frequent compliance checks were conducted last year and while this was the first set for 2012, many more are expected. Servers at both Gusano’s and Beef O’Brady’s passed compliance
checks conducted late last year.

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 candie.beck@thecabin.net)