Lake Road Inn in rural Hudson has had its liquor license suspended for 48 hours after a third violation since 2009. (Photo courtesy Google Earth)
By Eric Stock
BLOOMINGTON - A Lake Bloomington restaurant will be alcohol-free this weekend as the county has suspended its liquor license.
The McLean County Liquor Commission has banned Lake Road Inn from selling alcohol for 48 hours starting at 12:01 a.m. this Saturday.
A worker there sold alcohol to an undercover agent during an alcohol enforcement check last June. It's Lake Road Inn's third underage offense since 2009.
The employee pleaded guilty in November and was placed on court supervision.
Assistant State's Attorney Pablo Eves initially proposed a three-weekend shutdown and $750 fine before discovering that a previous three-time offender, Green Gables, was simply given a two-day suspension and no fine.
Lake Road Inn's attorney Jim Bass said since the sting operation, the restaurant's owner, Oren Graybill, has paid for alcohol enforcement training for two of his employees and a ID scanner to check the age of patrons.
"It's been a financial expense for him to see to it that he's taking the necessary procedures to avoid this," Bass said.
Bass told liquor commissioners that prior to the recent offenses, Graybill had a flawless record as owner which goes back 37 years.
Liquor Commission Chairman Matt Sorensen said he appreciated that Graybill had already taken steps since the latest offense to ensure that it wouldn't happen again.
"I'm satisfied that you've thought about this and that you are try to take positive steps," Sorensen said, adding that the ID scanner can't simply "sit on a shelf collecting dust."
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