An investigative report on the Adams Mill Bar and Grill charging the establishment with serving customers with more than one drink at a time and violating an order to change the ownership was referred to the Office of the Attorney General, a spokesperson for the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration said.
Undercover investigators in the bar reported visiting the bar twice in October 2009, where they were served shots and mixed drinks in addition to the drinks they ordered, according to the report. Back-up drinks, which are drinks served to a customer before that customer has consumed a previously served drink, are illegal in the District, according to the ABRA Web site.
According to the report, the bartenders served and drank shots with the investigators on several occasions.
Darrell Green, the previous owner of the establishment, was ordered to sell the bar in July to save the establishment’s liquor license after he incurred numerous violations, including a failure to pay a $12,000 fine. According to the most recent report, Green sold the bar to a “former employee of his corporation and relative,” violating section four of the board order. In addition, investigators said the receipt they received at the bar had Green’s name printed on it, according to the report.
According to the board order, “Green agrees that he will have no role or control in the entity… and that the new entity will not be controlled by a current or former employee.”
Hearings will determine whether a complaint on the violations will move forward in court. No date has been set for the presented report, ABRA spokesperson Bill Hager said. A second report on the bar is still pending and has not been reviewed yet.
Laura Treanor, a 19-year-old sophomore, died of alcohol poisoning last year after drinking at the bar a week after it reopened from a mandatory 10-day suspension. The bar had been ordered to close in conjunction with the $12,000 fine for serving overly intoxicated patrons, among other offenses, a Hatchet investigation found.
ABRA spokesperson Cynthia Simms said the agency launched an investigation based on the police report from Treanor’s death Oct. 7. That report has not yet been released and is “pending,” Hager said.
This article appeared in the February 8, 2010 issue of the Hatchet.