BASCOM, Ohio — A Bascom bar & restaurant is among 12 Ohio liquor permit holders that have received a citation from the agency that enforces Ohio’s liquor laws since non-essential retail businesses began reopening in the state.
Saubers Stumble Inn, 5921 W. Tiffin St., was issued a citation by the Ohio Investigative Unit (OIU), a division of the Ohio State Highway Patrol which investigates violations of state liquor laws.
The OIU has also been tasked with enforcing coronavirus safety rules in bars and restaurants since they were allowed to reopen under Gov. Mike DeWine’s ReStart Ohio plan in May.
According to an investigative report filed by the OIU, Saubers Stumble Inn was cited May 15 for allegedly hindering or obstructing an inspection, failure to comply with emergency rules regarding on-premises consumption, and improper conduct / disorderly activity.
Additionally, investigators photographed a yellow sign on the building facing the parking area which stated “NOTOURRULES,” according to the report.
The owners of Saubers Stumble Inn, along with 11 other liquor permit premises throughout the state, are scheduled to go before the Ohio Liquor Control Commission in August for virtual hearings held via WebEx.
Owners of four businesses in Put-in-Bay with liquor licenses were also cited, including Niese Holdings Ltd. Swim-up Pool & Tiki Bar, Put-in-Bay Resort, Hotel on the Park Inc. d/b/a Park Hotel Gift Shop, and Blum Bay LLC d/b/a Adventure Bay. Niese Holdings Ltd. / Swim-up Pool & Tiki Bar was cited for allegedly hindering or obstructing investigation and improper conduct / disorderly conduct. Put-in-Bay Resort was cited for alleged improper conduct / disorderly activity. Hotel on the Park Inc. / Park Hotel Gift Shop was cited for alleged improper conduct / disorderly activity. Finally, Blum Bay LLC / Adventure Bay was cited for alleged improper conduct / disorderly activity.
Penalties for violations of COVID-19 safety orders can include fines, license suspension, and even permit revocation.
The full list of businesses that have received citations from March through July 17 includes:
- Niese Holdings Ltd.: 225 Erie St. & Swim-up Pool & Tiki Bar, Put-in-Bay
- Frey Bros Wines LLC: 5581 Liberty Ave. & patio, Vermilion
- Galindo Inc. d/b/a Luchitas Mexican Restaurant: 3456 W. 117th St., Cleveland
- Saubers Stumble Inn LLC: 5921 W. Tiffin St., Bascom
- Tim Prosen LLC d/b/a Pat & Marthas Tavern: 2928 Lake Rd., Medway
- I Love This Bar LLC: 491 Park St., Columbus
- MejorComida LLC d/b/a Limons Mexican Restaurant & Patio: 5122 Heatherdowns Blvd. Unit 10, Toledo
- Gate City Management LLC d/b/a Bar on 3rd St.: 1305 S. 3rd St, Ironton
- Dusty Mug Ltd.: 821 Gallia St., Portsmouth
- Put-in-Bay Resorts LLC d/b/a Put-in-Bay Resort: 439 Loraine Ave., Put-in-Bay
- Hotel on the Park Inc. d/b/a Park Hotel Gift Shop & Walk-in Coolers & Patios: 228-234 Delaware Ave., Put-in-Bay
- Blum Bay LLC d/b/a Adventure Bay: 380 Main St., Put-in-Bay
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says the vast majority of restaurants are “doing an amazingly good job” following the required protocols, including adhering to strict social distancing guidelines, spacing out tables at least six feet apart, and limiting the number of customers on premises.
DeWine said that outbreaks of COVID-19 in some counties have been traced back to bars. The governor said during a press conference Thursday that Athens County, which is on a watch list for being listed as a “Level 4 Purple Alert” county on Ohio’s Public Health Advisory System, had an outbreak which was traced back to three bars in Athens.
“Protocols, the rules for reopening bars and restaurants, were laid down very, very clearly,” DeWine said, adding these guidelines were drawn up by a team of both restaurant owners and medical experts. “Our economic recovery is tied directly to how successful we are in preventing the spread of the coronavirus.”