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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

ACCOUNTABILITY, TRANSPARENCY, RESPONSIBILITY? NAH!! ON DECK BAR & GRILL LIQUOR LICENSE VIOLATIONS, FINES REVEALED!

VIOLATIONS: ON DECK ATTEMPTED TO TRANSFER PARTIAL LIQUOR LICENSE INTEREST TO STEPHEN ANDERSON WITHOUT PRIOR APPROVAL; SHORT ON CASH? ON DECK BOUGHT THE LIQUOR FOR ITS APRIL GRAND OPENING...FROM A PARTY STORE!

Miss Fortune has learned that in mid-March, the On Deck Sports Bar attempted to transfer more than a 10 percent interest in its liquor license to then-partner Stephen P. Anderson and his SPA Equity Partners, LLC without the prior approval required by the State of Michigan's Liquor Control Commission (LCC), one of four violations cited in a December 6 report.

In addition, On Deck obtained a license for the "use/benefit of SPA Equity Partners and Anderson"...whose name does not appear on the license (left).
Well, at least Miss Fortune can reveal that On Deck's liquor liability policy comes from Southfield-based  QBE North Pointe Insurance--I'm still digging for nuggets regarding the bar's casualty and property damage policy!

Shortly before its April 10 opening, On Deck again violated Michigan alcohol distribution laws by purchasing nearly $2,000 of "spirits" from Battle Creek's Whitt's Party Store instead of a state-authorized distribution agent and failed to maintain "accurate records of alcohol purchases".

Miss Fortune wonders if On Deck purchased from a party store because of a cash crunch. 

WITLESS AT WHITT'S

Hmmm? Stay with me here--could it be that Michigan's authorized distribution agents (liquor wholesalers) are prohibited from offering their customers credit and must sell on a "cash only" basis and your local party store will happily accept an American Express card was the reason that drove Dr. Rob and Kelly into Whitt's?

I'm just sayin'.

The LCC held a hearing on October 14 to negotiate a settlement with the now extra-crispy On Deck Sports Bar regarding its violations. On November 5, the LCC issued an order dismissing the SPA Equity/Stephen Anderson transfer attempt charge, but setting a total fine of $450.00 or a 23 day suspension of the bar's license if the fine for the remaining three charges is not paid within 45 days of the "mailing date of the order".

The report was dated December 6, and it looks like someone will need to file a change of address form!

















LIQUOR LAWS OF THE LAND

In 1997, Michigan made a fundamental change to its liquor distribution system. Prior to 1997, the state was the wholesale distributor of liquor. The state purchased liquor from producers, warehoused the liquor in state-owned or leased buildings staffed with state employees, and state employees delivered it to state-owned or leased regional stores—also operated by state employees.

All licensees who sold liquor to consumers—grocery stores, liquor stores, bars, and restaurants—were required to pick up the liquor from these state stores.


Public Act (PA) 440 of 1996 (which became effective in 1997) privatized the liquor distribution system. Under PA 440, the state left the liquor distribution business, closing state liquor warehouses, ending hauling contracts to state-operated regional stores, cancelling operation contracts for these sites, and eliminating many state jobs.


While the state maintained its position as the legal wholesaler of liquor under PA 440, it now contracts the warehousing and distribution functions to private entities known as authorized distribution agents, or ADAs.


COMING TOMORROW: ANOTHER MISS FORTUNE EXCLUSIVE! KELLY BUYS A NEW HOUSE!


MISS FORTUNE FOLLOWS THE MONEY!

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