Very late last night, The Capital’s Elisha Sauers sent out a tweet that the Annapolis City Liquor Board had come to a decision on the Acme case. Acme was under the gun for reportedly allowing underaged customers to drink. Most notable, Kelcey Silva and Van Eney who died tragically last year in a motorcycle accident after drinking at Acme.
The Board has suspended Acme’s license for 14 days beginning February 10, 2012 and assessed thousands of dollars in fines. While it can be argued that the winter punishment will not impact business as much as a summer punishment; it can also be argued that the time frame is the worst possible one in the off-season.
Between February 10th and 24th, there are two weekends (one a three-day weekend), Valentines Day, Presidents Day, and Mardi Gras.
Winter bar and restaurant business is tough in Annapolis. We spoke with a local restauranteur who told us that a bad Midnight Madness (or Eleventh Hour) can typically mean the difference between a profit and a loss for the year. One can only imagine the impact of having a major revenue stream shut off for two weeks.
- Liquor Board: Acme Bar And Grill In Violation Of Serving Minors Before Fatal Crash (washington.cbslocal.com)