Several nightclubs and bars in the Hub City and surrounding areas have been the topic of conversation for the wrong reasons.
Just recently, owners of The Keg on the McKinley Strip were forced to end operation. You may be asking, Why are so many Lafayette businesses the target of The Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control? Late last year, the ATC conducted a sting operation in Lafayette, and there were over sixty citations written to multiple establishments, including The Keg on the McKinley Strip.
Troy Hebert, ATC Commissioner says, “Since that point in time we began receiving additional complaints on The Keg of underaged individuals, not only being in the place but consuming alcohol there.” An undercover operative was sent in to investigate, and to no surprise, investigators discovered minors were on the premises and consuming alcohol. It was then, another sting was carried out.
“They actually were cited on three or four sales of alcohol, three of them being to individuals under the age of eighteen” says Hebert. That led to their fifth violation and the emergency suspension of their license. Hebert says we’re going to be conducting an official hearing in Lafayette on May 12th to see what the fate of The Keg’s alcohol license will be One issue the Lafayette Police Department targets on a monthly basis is underaged drinkers in bars, clubs and businesses that sale alcohol to those who are underage.
“At least once a month our Youth Services Division will go out and conduct operations. Those operations include undercover officers going into entertainment establishments such as bars and restaurants that serve alcohol and try to identify those subjects that are between the ages of 18 and 21 and in possession of alcohol. As of 2014, a total of 13 businesses were checked and 11 misdemeanor summons were issued.
All 11 for possession of alcohol by persons under the age of 21.