The Algonquin Liquor Control Commission ordered a 15-day liquor license suspension Tuesday for an Algonquin liquor store that sold alcohol to a minor in recent months.
This is the third liquor violation for Algonquin Food & Liquor, 1117 South Main St. in Algonquin, with the businesses first offense occurring in 2008 and its second offense occurring this past May.
Representatives from two other businesses — Trader Joe's, 800 South Randall Road in Algonquin, and Riverview Restaurant, 1320 S. Main St. in Algonquin — also appeared before the liquor control commission Tuesday.
All of the businesses were cited for selling alcohol to minors following July compliance checks conducted by the Algonquin Police Department.
The liquor commission ordered the 15-day liquor license suspension for Algonquin Food & Liquor, which means the business will not be able to sell alcohol between Oct. 1 and Oct. 15. In addition, a $5,000 fine was ordered and the business was instructed to have employees who have not completed the police department's BASSET training to do so.
The liquor control commission ordered both Trader Joe's and Riverview Restaurant pay a $1,000 fine and for all emplyoees to complete BASSET training.
Algonquin Food & Liquor co-owners Kripesh Patel and Jagdish Parikh appeared before the commission Tuesday. Patel said they plan to buy software that will require employees to scan driver's licenses to make sure the buyer is 21 years old.
Patel told the commission their business had been affected by Edgewood Drive construction and sales were down 25 percent. He requested the commission give them a shorter suspension time.
"We do realize the severity of this," Patel said. "We will make sure this never happens again."
Jerry Glogowski, liquor control commissioner, said while he is happy Algonquin Food & Liquor is taking steps to counteract their problem, the issue should have been addressed earlier.
"We may have been too lenient the first time around ... we tried to be understanding the second time around," Glogowski said. "I don't think you are taking this serious at all."
Algonquin Police Cheif Russell Laine said the police department typically conducts three to four rounds of compliance checks per year, checking on around 25 different businesses each time. The village of Algonquin has around 70 businesses that hold liquor licenses.
Laine said three offenses is the most handed down to a single business in the village of Algonquin. Other than Algonquin Food & Liquor, he could recall only one other business that had received that many violations.