News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 08/05/2007
Subject :

Police Arrest Four in Liquor Law Sting
Contact : Agent Dan Ryan, City of Palo Alto, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA -- Police checked 11 local restaurants and four stores Saturday evening for compliance with state laws regulating sales of alcohol to minors, and cited four servers.

Pursuant to grant funding from the State Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), partially funded by the Office of Traffic Safety and the Federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the department has routinely been conducting undercover stings for the past several months, using minors to attempt to purchase alcohol.

On 4 August, the officers and their teen decoys visited 15 downtown vendors. Servers at three different restaurants and the clerk at one store served the 18 year-old decoy, and the servers were cited. The servers can expect an expensive fine if convicted of the misdemeanor violation. The four establishments, the SOS Market, the Krung Siam Restaurant, Taxi’s, and the Mint Leaf Asian Noodle Restaurant will all be referred to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control for administrative sanctions.

Clerks at the Whole Foods Market, Fran’s Market, and Long’s Drugs all successfully refused the purchase by the minor decoys. Additionally, servers at Il Fornaio, Gyros, Hyberabad House, Zibibbo, Pasta?, Sushi Tomo, China Delight, and I Tapas Wine Bar also correctly declined service to the minors. 

Overall, the local sting operations have produced a 71% success rate, with most store clerks and servers carefully asking for identification and refusing to sell to minors. Local police will continue the program for several more months in an ongoing partnership with the ABC officials.