The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office conducted liquor compliance checks on March 20, 25, 26, 2010 and was pleased to announce that out of the 67 businesses that were checked, only one failed the check.
The 66 that passed were: 7-11(2 stores-HR and Englewood), Anthony’s Pizza & Pasta (Castle Rock), Bacchus Wine & Spirits (HR), Boston’s Gourmet Pizza (HR), Bud’s Bar (Sedalia), CB Potts (HR), Chili’s (Littleton), Chipotle (HR), Circle K (4 stores in HR), Clock Tower Grill (Lone Tree), Denver Marriott South (Littleton), Dewey’s American Grill (HR), Diamond Shamrock (2 stores-HR and Parker), Duke’s (CR), El Meson (HR), Four Seasons Asian Grill (HR), Franktown Liquors (Franktown), Gabriel’s (Sedalia), Grill on the Hill (Franktown), Hacienda Colorado (Englewood), Highlands Wine & Sellers (HR), Hilton Garden Inn (HR), JP Asian Bistro (Littleton), King Soopers (2 stores in HR), Lansdowne Arms (HR), Li’l Ricci’s Pizza (HR), Loaf n Jug (Littleton), Lodo’s Bar & Grill (HR), Medina’s Restaurant (Franktown), Northwoods Inn (Littleton), Old Blinking Light (HR), On the Border (Littleton), Outback (HR), Panasia Bistro (Englewood) Parella’s East Coast Pizza (Littleton), Parry’s Pizza (Englewood), Qdoba (2 stores-HR), Red Robin (HR), Residence Inn (HR), Rockyard (CR), Rodney’s of Castle Pines (CR), Roxborough Marketplace (Littleton), Rubio’s (HR), Ruby Tuesday (HR), Safeway (3 stores-HR & Littleton), Sedalia Bar & Grill (Sedalia), Sedalia Liquor ( Sedalia), Stage Coach (Franktown), Sushi Nori (HR), Taste of Mexico (CR), The Rail (Englewood), Toyko Joe’s (HR), Village Wines (CR), Walmart Superstore (HR), Western Convenience (2 stores-Parker & CR), and Westside Liquor (HR).
The SIU detectives used underage volunteers to go into businesses and restaurants to attempt to purchase alcohol. This is part of grant program that requires these checks to be conducted to make sure businesses and their employees are compliant and follow their training in checking identifications of those that attempt to buy alcohol. The trained volunteers use their own underage identification cards and must present them when asked. They are not fake or altered ids. It clearly states on the card that they are “Under 21”. If they are asked their age they must tell the truth. This technique allows the server to recognize that they are not old enough and they need to follow basic steps and confiscate the identification and turn it over to law enforcement.
The one business that failed was identified as the Diamond Shamrock in Littleton off Blakeland Dr. The attendant was issued a citation, and the business owner will be given a ‘show cause’ notice to appear in front of the Board of County Commissioners. The County Commissioners will send a congratulatory letter to the businesses that passed.
Detectives of the SIU are pleased with their continued high percentage of successes. They have seen an increase in businesses doing the right thing, checking ids and not serving those that are underage. The detectives will also make sure that the business that failed the check will have the necessary training or information needed to make sure that there is not another failure. Each business is required by their licensing agreement to have some sort of educational training for their servers on checking identifications and what to do if someone uses a fake id or has an underage id. The SIU detectives can do this training for free.