11 Annapolis Liquor Vendors Cited in Sting

Annapolis police checked 54 businesses around town to see if they would sell liquor to someone under 21 as part of a compliance inspection.

Officers cited 11 area businesses for selling alcohol to an under-age person during a police sting last week, according to the Annapolis Police Department.

A 20-year-old Maryland State Police cadet visited restaurants, bars and liquor stores around Annapolis on Oct. 10 and attempted to buy or be served alcohol as part of a liquor compliance inspection. The cadet was not allowed to lie about her age or present false identification at any of the 54 locations she visited.

At the Eastport Democratic Club on State Street, the cadet reportedly approached the bar and asked for a Miller Light beer, according to the police report. Once she was served, the cadet excused herself and an Annapolis police officer then cited the club.

At Loews Annapolis Hotel on West Street, the cadet and an Annapolis officer were seated out on the patio when the cadet ordered a glass of Moscato wine. According to the police report, she was served without being asked to show ID and the hotel was cited.

Seven other local businesses were cited in a similar sting last month.

The 11 establishments will now have to appear before the Alcohol Beverage Control Board at its next meeting. They each face a fine not to exceed $2,000 and the possible suspension or revocation of their liquor licenses. 

Police reports show the following businesses were cited for selling to a minor: 

  • Loews Annapolis Hotel on West Street
  • Chart House on Second Street
  • Crush Wine Bar on West Street
  • Joss Café and Sushi on Main Street
  • Ledo's Pizza on South Cherry Grove Avenue
  • Court of Shanghai on West Street
  • Canton Restaurant on Ridgely Avenue
  • Eastport Democratic Club on State Street
  • Luna Blu on West Street
  • Crown and Anchor on Dock Street
  • The Annapolitan Club on Franklin Street

Police reports show the following businesses passed their inspection: 

  • Adams Ribs
  • Grumps
  • 49 West Coffee House
  • Rams Head Tavern
  • Vin 909
  • Metropolitan 
  • Harry Brown’s
  • Annapolis Yacht Club
  • Sammy’s Pizza
  • Tsunami
  • Buddy’s Crabs and Ribs
  • Fado’s Irish Pub
  • Chick and Ruth’s Deli
  • Rite Aid
  • Calvert House
  • Hard Bean Coffee and Booksellers
  • Jacks Fortune
  • Maryland Inn
  • O’Leary’s
  • Acme, Fleet Reserve
  • Armadillo’s
  • Annapolis Marriott
  • Bella’s
  • Carlson Thai
  • Castlebay
  • Chris Charcoal
  • Dock Street
  • Eastport Liquors
  • Federal House
  • El Torro Bravo
  • John Barry
  • Maria’s
  • Mills Wine
  • Middleton
  • Nano Asian
  • Paul’s Homewood Cafe 
  • The Rockfish
  • Ruby Tuesday’s
  • Sakura Café
  • The Whiskey
  • Matsu Restaurant
Bull McCabe October 19, 2012 at 07:37 PM
And those "bartenders" probably still have thier jobs .Perfect ,entrapment and incompetance hand in hand .The fines should be 5 G's.The owners trying to get away cheap by hiring incompetant workers ,and the cadets should come down with perpetual stomach viruses.
Tamaria Easton October 20, 2012 at 03:16 PM
@Bull McCabe-ur probably rite but if they are still there that is to go with out saying that they prefer these employees to give substandard services and most likely get fined again.


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