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March 19 – EXCLUSIVE: SPD Releases List of 17 Businesses Cited for alleged ‘Furnishing Alcoholic Beverages’ to Underage Persons

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

March 19, 2018 – The Savannah Business Journal has obtained the list of businesses within the Savannah city limits that were cited for allegedly furnishing alcoholic beverages to “underage persons illegal and furnishing alcoholic beverages to persons under 21’.

The 17 citations occurred during the two-day period of Savannah’s official St. Patrick’s Day Festival, in a joint operating between the Savannah Police Dept’s Alcohol Enforcement unit and the Georgia Dept. of Revenue’s Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement Dept.

Liquid Nightclub at 307 West River Street, was also cited for allegedly ‘overserving.’

Not all of the businesses are in the Historic District, or in the official ‘Festival District’ where arm bands were sold by the City of Savannah to designate an individuals’ age. But many are located in that area.

According to Interim Police Chief Mark Revenew, “We clearly have a problem,” he said, at a press conference on Sunday at City Hall, regarding the sale of alcohol to minors.

The press conference was held to provide the media with an initial wrap-up on police activity, and the work put in by multiple city departments last week and through the weekend, as the city dealt with a crowd estimated at 500,000, and hosted Vice President Mike Pence and his family.

Chief Revenew explained that there are fines for the citations by the Dept. of Revenue. Other actions can be also taken by the State of Georgia that can affect an establishment’s liquor license, and local law enforcement can also take additional action, based on the citation and other violations that have occurred at the business.

All businesses can appeal the citation. 

The following businesses were cited for alleged serving to underage or illegal drinkers, according to the Savannah Police Department:

 

Day 1 – Friday, March 16, 2018

 

1.       Totally Awesome /107B Whitaker Street

2.       Rouge Water Tap House / 38 MLK Jr. Blvd

3.       B&D Burgers / 209 West Congress Street

4.       Wild Wings Café / 27 Barnard Street

5.       Molly McPherson’s Scottish Pub & Grill / 311 West Congress Street

6.       Club 309 West / 309 West River Street

7.       Fiddler’s Crab House / 131 West River Street

 

Day 2 – Saturday, March 17, 2018

 

1.       Hyatt on River Street -2 West Bay Street

2.       Whitakers-10 Whitaker Street 

3.       Buzzin Café'- 38 Barnard Street

4.       Bud light Tent (East Side of Jefferson )

5.       Ritzy Lounge- 11414 Abercorn Street

6.       Dew Drop Inn- 11432 Abercorn Street

7.       Savannah Gentleman’s Club ( Doorman)- 325 East Montgomery Xrds

8.       Savannah Gentleman’s Club (Bartender)- 325 East Montgomery Xrds

9.       Saddlebags- 317 West River Street

10.     Olympia Café-5 East River Street

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