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December 3, 2018 - At a November 29, 2018 Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) hearing, commissioners ordered a revocation of the liquor license and permits held by Nahhas, Inc – doing business as Vienna Market – located at 2305 Junction St, Detroit, MI.
Under state law, the MLCC is required to suspend or revoke 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.
Vienna Market was found liable for five violations over three separate incidents within a 7-month period – on May 5, 2017, June 10, 2017, and December 18, 2017. The licensee sold to two minors in both the first and third incidents. The minors who were sold alcoholic beverages were 18, 19 and 20 years old. The licensee himself, Amer Nahhas, was identified as the selling clerk responsible in the first sale to minor incident. Identification was not asked for in any of the incidents.
The Commission found that, during the hearing, there was no demonstration made by the licensee to mitigate the history of sales to five minors in less than 18 months of active operation of the licensed establishment. There was nothing to indicate that any effort, policies, or technology had been implemented to prevent the future sale of alcohol to minors.
The MLCC finds that the licensee failed to demonstrate policies and procedures for prevention of selling to minors, and further finds that the Commission has no confidence that the licensee takes these matters seriously or would be able to prevent future violations.
"To protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public, the Commission's legal responsibility includes conducting penalty hearings in order to suspend or revoke liquor licenses," said MLCC Chairman Andy Deloney. "After reviewing the file and considering the entirety of the record, the Commission felt that revoking the license was appropriate."
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