Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Steamboat Springs One of six businesses failed a Steamboat Springs police alcohol compliance check Friday night.
Police Capt. Joel Rae said Tuesday that Jade Summit's Pirate Pub failed the liquor compliance check, selling a beer to an 18-year-old woman. The Bottleneck, Vino, Ski Haus Liquors, Southside Liquors and Sunpie's Bistro all passed the compliance check.
The six businesses that were checked Friday night were the remaining businesses that police were not able to check during a May 8 compliance check either because the establishment was closed or police ran out of time, Rae said.
In May, only one of 12 businesses failed the check, Rae said.
Fiesta Jalisco was the only establishment that failed that check.
Rae said he was pleased that only one business failed, but he was disappointed because the bar's owner served the minor.
"This one is pretty disappointing because the owner -- the liquor license holder -- was the one who sold the liquor. If he isn't going to set the standard for his establishment and his employees, then who will?" Rae said.
Kevin Nerney, Jade Summit's owner, declined comment Tuesday about the compliance check.
Rae said Nerney was cited for the misdemeanor violation and the case will head to Routt County Court. Nerney also will come before the Steamboat Springs City Council, the city's liquor licensing authority, to face punishment, which could include a liquor license suspension.
Rae said he is encouraged to see that businesses are taking the compliance checks seriously.
"Having one out of six fail is better than having nine of 11 fail, or six of 16 fail," he said in reference to past compliance check rates. "It's getting better."