Bar owners say they will card every customer
Stricter enforcement at Quincy’s a response to liquor code violations
After being slapped with a two-day closure earlier this month, owners of the downtown Quincy Bar & Grill are not taking any chances about getting another liquor-code violation.
“If you don’t have an ID, don’t plan on coming in,” said Adelle Bonatti-Lloyd, who owns the bar at 609 Main St. with her husband, Bill Lloyd. “Our policy now is: If you leave with (a container of) alcohol, we call police and have you arrested for theft.”
The couple said they had owned the bar for about a year and had begun tightening security when they were cited this summer for two liquor-law violations and were warned about another after police caught patrons leaving the establishment with containers of alcohol.
If they get cited for another violation, the bar will be closed for an additional five days.
The latest sanctions, coupled with a recent countywide crackdown that caught 14 area businesses selling alcohol to minors, has liquor officials hoping more businesses will keep a closer eye on their operations.
According to spokesman Mark Couch of the Colorado Department of Revenue’s liquor enforcement division, the state can fine up to 20 percent of a business’ gross income for liquor violations.
Quincy’s sanctions were imposed by the city’s liquor board, the same agency that will decide whether any punishments will be levied on businesses that were cited during the recent sting.
Bonatti-Lloyd said everyone who enters her bar needs to provide identification and will be outfitted with a wristband that cannot be transferred to another person. Construction of a fenced-in patio at the rear of the bar will ensure security and will be built so patrons “cannot squeeze a bottle through,” she said.
Upon leaving, customers have to raise up their arms to ensure they aren’t attempting to sneak any alcohol out the doors.
Only 99 people are allowed into the bar at one time until the back patio opens, which will allow the bar to accommodate 35 more people.
The couple have denied access to 150 people so far that they said were causing problems. Those people are not allowed at either Quincy’s or the couple’s other bar, Fast Eddy’s, 2660 North Ave.
“Holding a liquor license is a privilege, and it comes with a lot of responsibility,” Bill Lloyd said. “If it did nothing else, it showed the employees if they don’t do what they’re supposed to, you’re not going to have a job.”
He said employees of both bars will be trained soon by state officials on serving alcohol, a training which is much stricter than the city’s training sessions, he said.
Quincy’s bartender Tyler Smith said he gets the message. Smith said he struggled financially when the bar was closed for a Monday and Tuesday earlier this month. As another incentive to keep minors out, Quincy’s owners offer cash rewards to bouncers who locate underage patrons attempting to enter the bar with fake identification.
“Not a person comes in now that doesn’t get ID’d,” Smith said. “I’d turn my grandma away if she didn’t have her ID.”