February 1, 2019

CT dings Hamden bar over underage drinkers

PHOTO | MorgueFile.com
PHOTO | MorgueFile.com

Connecticut has indefinitely suspended the liquor license for a Hamden bar-restaurant with an alleged pattern of serving underage drinkers, authorities say.

State Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull announced Wednesday the license suspension for the Clubhouse Cafe, 3820 Whitney Ave.

Agency spokeswoman Lora Rae Anderson said the Clubhouse's owners and operators eventually will be summoned before the department's liquor-license bureau to argue whether the suspension should be lifted.

The suspension comes just days after Hamden police, during a night-time inspection last Friday of the bar-eatery, discovered more than 130 underage patrons, many of them Quinnipiac University students and, authorities say, with drinks in hand. Police officers also say they observed underage drinkers walking intoxicated in the road, coming to and from the Clubhouse.

Seagull thanked Hamden's police chief for immediately notifying her agency of the alleged breach.

"We don't take the issuance of a summary suspension lightly, but feel it is warranted in this instance,'' she said in a statement. "Serving underage patrons is a very serious offense, and our partnerships with local police, other state agencies and community organizations are all needed to keep this from happening in our communities."

Clubhouse Cafe did not respond for comment.

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