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Detroit's Garden Pub has Liquor License Revoked by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission

Media Contact: LARA Communications

May 24, 2018 - At a Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) hearing last week in Southfield, commissioners ordered a revocation of the liquor license and permits held by 125 Michigan, LLC – doing business as Garden Pub – located at 125-129 Michigan Ave, 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.

These three violations occurred within a 10-month period – on November 11, 2016, June 9, 2017, and September 8, 2017. The minors who were sold alcoholic beverages were 20 years old and identification was not requested in any of the three incidents.

At the hearing on May 17, 2018 – after reviewing the record and the MLCC file, and hearing arguments from the licensee’s attorney, Carolyn Chapman Marsh – the Commission ordered a revocation of the licensee’s liquor license. The sole licensee, Deone Larkins, was not present at this hearing. He has been incarcerated since March 14, 2018 at the William Dickerson Detention Facility in Wayne County as a result of multiple City of Detroit business violations and is expected to be released on June 11, 2018.

Mr. Larkins’ liquor licenses and permits have been suspended since April 30, 2018 – for 85 days – for failing to submit MLCC fines. There have been multiple incidents of the Mr. Larkins failing to cooperate with law enforcement, or with the MLCC, during investigations occurring on the premises. The licensee failed to demonstrate policies and procedures for prevention of selling to minors.

"It is our job to make sure that the health, safety, and welfare of the public is protected and after reviewing the file and considering the entirety of the record, the commissioners decided that revocation was the appropriate course of action in this case,” said MLCC Chairman Andy Deloney. "It is unacceptable that the licensee showed no willingness to take these matters seriously. The record of irresponsible actions by the licensee is lengthy, and we had no confidence that the licensee takes these matters seriously or would prevent future violations in his establishment.”

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