Report illegal alcohol sales

Alcohol and Tobacco Control agents recently went into “The Keg”, located on McKinley Street in Lafayette, to conduct a compliance inspection. After receiving information that the establishment was allowing kids under the age of 18 on the premises, as well as selling alcohol to them, ATC sent in undercover operatives to verify these complaints.

As a result of the investigation, “The Keg” was officially cited for three alcohol sales to persons 17 years old; two alcohol sales to persons under the age of 21; three minors allowed on premises; and four minors in possession of alcohol were written criminal citations.

Specifically, agents observed a person under the age of 18 on the premises on April 11; observed three persons under the age of 18 on the premises on April 18, including a 16-year-old; and observed employees of the business sell or serve three alcoholic beverages to persons under the age of 18 and two alcoholic beverages to persons under the age of 21. On April 18, agents also observed four minors in possession of alcohol on the premises.

Less than four months ago, “The Keg” had their alcohol permit suspended and received a fine of $10,000 for their fourth offense of alcohol sales to a minor. As a result, they signed a consent agreement with ATC to try and improve their compliance record. The latest violations directly breached the agreement. ATC Commissioner Troy Hebert will now conduct a special hearing at ATC headquarters in Baton Rouge in the upcoming weeks to decide the fate of the business’ alcohol permit.

Until then, the alcohol permit for “The Keg” will remain suspended.

With that said, ATC reminds all area businesses that it’s a “privilege” to sell alcohol – not a “right”.

ATC will revoke that privilege from any business who threatens the public health and safety of citizens by selling and serving alcohol irresponsibly, they further warned.

The public is encouraged to help ATC maintain the integrity of Louisiana’s alcoholic beverage and tobacco industries by notifying them of any violations. Concerned citizens can contact the ATC through their anonymous complaint line at (225)925-4070 or via email, Terri.Cooke@ATC.LA.GOV.

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