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3 Algonquin businesses cited for serving underage patrons

Village president says it's a serious matter

Three local businesses were issued citations for serving alcohol to people younger than age 21.

Jiang’s Mongolian & Japanese Grill, 1470 S. Randall Road; MOD Superfast Pizza, 228 S. Randall Road; and WOOW Sushi, 780 S. Randall Road, were fined for serving underage patrons, Village President John Schmitt said.

Representatives for all of the businesses appeared before the liquor commission earlier this month.

“They all [pleaded] guilty and were issued a fine,” Schmitt said.

Schmitt said it’s not uncommon for the commission to respond to citations every few months.

He said a first offense carries a $1,000 fine plus court costs. A second offense carries a $2,000 fine and a four-day license suspension. A business can have its license revoked after a fourth offense, Schmitt said.

“We haven’t had one of those in a while,” Schmitt said of revocation.

He said bartenders and waiters always should check IDs.

“We take it very seriously. It’s very easy to check IDs,” Schmitt said.

He said citations help stop young people from drinking.

“We check all of our liquor establishments on a regular basis,” he said. “The most critical thing is safety. We don’t want kids having easy access to alcohol.”

Schmitt said a business cited for serving underage customers alcohol also must take part in the Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training program.

Schmitt said he hopes other local communities take underage drinking as seriously.

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