Detroit's Lahser 8 Party Store Suspended for 21 Days by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission

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April 24, 2018 - At the Michigan Liquor Control Commission hearing last week in Southfield, MI, the Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) ordered the suspension of the liquor license and permits held by Daniela, Inc. – doing business as Lahser 8 Party Store – located at 20528 Lahser Rd, Detroit, MI.

Under MCL 436.1903(1), the Commission is required to impose a suspension or revocation of the liquor license if a licensee is found liable for three or more violations of MCL 436.1801(2) – sales of alcohol to minors and sales of alcohol to visibly intoxicated persons – on different occasions within a 24-month period.

These three violations occurred within a 13-month period and caused the penalty hearing:

  • On June 30, 2016, a clerk at the licensee’s establishment asked for identification, yet still sold a 23.5-ounce can of watermelon-flavored Four Loko to a 19-year old minor.
  • On April 20, 2017, the licensee, Daved Dawood, did not ask for identification yet sold a 24-ounce can of Milwaukee’s Best beer to a 20-year old minor.
  • On July 29, 2017, an employee at the licensee’s establishment sold a 20-pack of Bud Light beer and a 750ML Moet Rose to a 20-year old minor.

At the hearing on April 19, 2018 – after reviewing the record and the MLCC file, and hearing arguments from the license holder – the Commission ordered the following:

  • A 21-day suspension of the 2017 Specially Designated Merchant license with Sunday Sales Permits (A.M.) and Beer & Wine Tasting Permit, beginning Thursday, April 26, 2018 through Wednesday, May 16, 2018 with the license and permits returning to the licensee on Thursday, May 17, 2018.

The MLCC issued a conditional license to the licensee, Daved Dawood, on December 18, 2015; the permanent license transfer occurred on March 30, 2016. The first violation occurred just three months later, on June 30, 2016. The selling clerk cited in the April 20, 2017 violation was the licensee himself, Mr. Dawood.

"The Commission has a legal responsibility to suspend or revoke licenses so that the health, safety, and welfare of the public is protected," said MLCC Chairman Andy Deloney. "According to the state liquor control code, the Commission is required to suspend or revoke a license in a situation like this. After reviewing the file and considering the entirety of the record, the Commission felt that this suspension was appropriate."

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