Millbrae bar's alcohol license suspended

May 8, 2009 1:33:08 PM PDT
The state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has suspended the alcohol license of a bar in Millbrae for a variety of offenses, including the possession of contaminated bottles and violation of labor codes.

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The Star Light Lounge, located at 1741 El Camino Real, was allegedly possessing contaminated bottles and refilled bottles of alcohol. It also was purchasing alcohol from someone other than a licensed wholesaler and violating labor codes, according to ABC investigators.

Investigators from the California Labor Commissioner's Office found that the business had no workers' compensation insurance and issued a stop work order, which prevents the use of employee labor.

The bar was also found to be in violation of the labor code for not providing a payroll deduction statement and not paying minimum wage, according to ABC officials. Labor code violations resulted in penalties of $14,450.

The investigation was initiated due to heightened concern about the bar within the community, according to ABC investigators, who went undercover multiple times to develop information that led to the suspension.

The suspension will last 20 days and indefinitely thereafter until the license is transferred to another person or group.

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