Liquor licenses suspended for store, bar for selling to minors

The state Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control yanked liquor permits for two years Monday from a popular bar on the edge of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s campus and a convenience store in north Lafayette, both accused of repeatedly selling alcohol to minors.

The Keg, 115 McKinley St., near the UL-Lafayette campus, was cited with five counts of selling alcohol to underage individuals and five counts of having minors on the premises after an April sting by the agency.

It was the bar’s fifth time to be cited for underage alcohol sales, according to information from the agency.

ATC Commissioner Troy Hebert said he revoked the business’s alcohol permit for two years and fined the owners $15,000.

“I gave them the maximum penalty,” he said.

Tuffy’s Quick Stop 2, 1737 N. University Ave., also had its alcohol permit revoked for two years for a fifth offense of selling alcohol to minors, Hebert said.

In both cases, the businesses do not own the buildings where they operate, so a different business could re open at the location and sell alcohol after obtaining a permit, as long as none of the owners connected with the current businesses are involved, Hebert said.

The Keg is owned by Catahoula Restaurant Corp.; Tuffy’s is owned by AJK Investments, according to ATC.

The penalties were handed down after an ATC hearing Monday at the Louisiana State Police Troop I headquarters in Lafayette.

Hebert also issued fines of $5,000 each to Jersey’s Daiquiris Sports Bar, 811 Albertsons Parkway, Broussard, and Arcadian Bar and Grill, 302 Jefferson St., Lafayette.

Both businesses were cited for a third offense of selling alcohol to minors.