A Sand Lake bar that’s been in business almost 24 years will not see its 25th. The Michigan Liquor Control Commission revoked the licenses of the Lake Street Station (The Sand Bar), after a penalty hearing on May 13.
The bar, located at 38-42 S. Lake St., had the penalty hearing due to having three violations within a consecutive 24-month period. After reviewing the record of the violations and hearing arguments from owner Toni Bush, the Commission decided to revoke the licenses. They noted that since they issued the liquor licenses on October 12, 1990, the bar has been cited for multiple violations of the Michigan Liquor Control Code and Administrative Rules, including:
*Issuing eight non-sufficient funds checks to the Commission for purchases of spirits totaling $3,238.45.
*Allowing credit sales for alcoholic liquor.
*Allowing gambling and gambling devices on the licensed premises.
*Allowing marijuana on the licensed premises.
*Allowing the sale, service and consumption of alcoholic liquor after the legal hour.
*Allowing the premises to be occupied after the legal hour.
*Allowing an employee to be intoxicated on the licensed premises.
*Allowing intoxicated minors to consume and loiter on the licensed premises.
*Seven (7) violations for allowing the sale of alcoholic liquor to intoxicated patrons; and allowing intoxicated patrons to consume and loiter on the licensed premises.
*The licensee, Toni Bush, was identified as the intoxicated person consuming alcoholic liquor on the licensed premises and failing to cooperate with law enforcement officials in the course of inspecting the licensed premises in an incident that occurred on July 6, 2013.
“The Commission finds that the licensee failed to demonstrate policies and procedures for prevention of selling to intoxicated patrons, and further finds that the Commission has no confidence that the licensee takes these matters seriously or would be able to prevent future violations,” wrote the MLCC.
They also found that Bush did not demonstrate the ability or willingness to ensure control over the establishment and its employees, ensure compliance with the code and rules, and prevent future violations.
The order to revoke was effective immediately, and MLCC officials were at the business last week to seize any alcohol on the premises. They revoked the business’s 2014 Class C and Specially Designated Merchant licenses with Sunday Sales Permit (P.M.), Entertainment Permit (without dressing rooms), and Dance Permit.
The building is now up for sale.