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Date of Release:   October 31st 2008

Reference:   Alcohol compliance checks


On Thursday October 30th 2008, the Portsmouth Police Department and the New Hampshire Bureau of Liquor Enforcement conducted a compliance check initiative in Portsmouth. 

Compliance checks are an accurate way of determining if businesses and their employees are confirming that their customers are (at least) twenty one years old before selling them alcohol.  During the compliance checks volunteers between the ages of eighteen and twenty years old, under the supervision of plain clothes officers, attempt to purchase alcohol.

During the compliance checks conducted on Thursday October 30th, seventy six restaurants/bars were checked.  Three out of the seventy six provided alcohol to the underage volunteer.  Just 4% of the establishments sold alcohol to an underage subject.  Although this is well below the state average of 26% the goal is to achieve a 0% rate.  Chief Magnant stated "Underage drinking is one of the areas that the Portsmouth police and the local hospitality industry have been discussing. Hopefully we are reaping the benefit of this partnership. It's very satisfying to see such a high compliance rate."

The servers who sold the alcohol were charged with Prohibited Sales (of alcohol), a misdemeanor offense.  They were issued a summons and must appear for arraignment in the Portsmouth District Court on December 1st 2008.  The establishments were also cited by the New Hampshire Bureau of Liquor Enforcement and face administrative penalties. 

Establishments that sold to the underage volunteer were:

The Muddy River Smoke House                        Congress Street
Café Nostimo                                                     Mirona Road Suite 16
Pizza Hut                                                            Lafayette Road

Establishments who refused to sell to the underage volunteer:

100 Club                                                             Market Street
99 Restaurant                                                     Lafayette Road
Agave Mexican Bistro                                        State Street
American Legion Post                                       Islington Street
Angelina’s                                                          Mirona Road
Apple Bee’s                                                       Woodbury Ave.
Bella Luna                                                         Market Street
Black Trumpet                                                  Ceres Street  
The Blue Claw                                                   Ceres Street
Blue Mermaid                                                    The Hill
Bob’s Broiled Chicken                                       Islington Street
Brazo                                                                 Pleasant Street
Brewery Lane Tavern                                         Brewery Lane
Café Espresso                                                    Islington Street
Café Mediterraneo                                             Congress Street
Café Mirabelle                                                    Bridge Street
Chiangmai Thai                                                  Penhallow Street
Coat of Arms                                                      Fleet Street
Daniel Street Tavern                                           Daniel Street
Bratskella                                                            Lafayette Road
Dolphin Striker                                                   Bow Street
Dos Amigos / The Red Door                             State Street
Dunaway Restaurant                                           Marcy Street
Fat Belly’s                                                           Bow Street
Flat Bread Company                                           Congress Street
Four Restaurant                                                  State Street
Friendly Toast                                                    Congress Street
Green Monkey                                                    Pleasant Street
Hebert’s Restaurant                                             Lafayette Road
Hibachi Japanese Steak House                            Lafayette Road
Hilton Garden Inn                                              High Street
Holiday Inn                                                         Woodbury Ave.
Isis                                                                       Penhallow Street
Jitto’s                                                                   Lafayette Road
Joe’s New York Pizza                                          Lafayette Road  
Joe’s New York Pizza                                          Woodbury Ave.
Jumpin’ Jay’s Fish Café                                        Congress Street
Kim Lai                                                                Lafayette Road
Library Restaurant                                                State Street
Loyal Oder of Moose                                            Sagamore Ave.
Mo Jo’s BBQ Shack                                              Islington Street
Momma D’s                                                          Route One By-Pass
Oar House                                                            Ceres Street
Paddy’s                                                                  International Drive
The Page                                                               Hanover Street
Papa Gino’s                                                           Lafayette Road
Pesce Blue                                                            Congress Street
Poco’s Bow Street Cantina                                    Bow Street
Popovers                                                              Congress Street
Portsmouth Brewery Company                           Market Street
Court Yard by Marriott                                       Market Street
Portsmouth Gas Light Company                         Market Street
Elks-97                                                               Jones Ave.
The Music Hall                                                  Chestnut Street
Sake Restaurant                                                 Congress Street
Press Room                                                       Daniel Street
Ristorante Massimo                                           Penhallow Street
Rosa’s Restaurant                                              State Street
Ruby Tuesday                                                   Woodbury Ave.
Rudi’s Restaurant                                              High Street
Rusty Hammer                                                  Pleasant Street
Sakura Bana Restaurant                                     Pleasant Street
Shalimar India                                                   Hanover Street
Sheraton Portsmouth                                        Hotel Market Street
State Street Saloon                                            State Street
The Stock Pot                                                   Bow Street
Taipei & Tokyo                                                Woodbury Ave.
Thai Paradise                                                    Bridge Street
Margaritas                                                         Lafayette Road
TJ’s                                                                   Daniel Street
VFW Post 168                                                  Deer Street
Victory                                                             State Street
The Wellington Room                                      Bow Street

The Portsmouth Police Department would like to thank the individuals that took the time to identify the volunteers as underage.  Checking the customer’s identification helps keep the entire community safe.

The Portsmouth Police Department receives a grant from the New Hampshire Department of Justice.  The grant is specific for enforcing underage drinking laws.  The money received allows the Portsmouth Police Department to perform random compliance checks of both restaurants and convenience stores.  We are also able to use the money to have roving patrols searching for underage drinking parties.  These programs will continue throughout the year.  In the near future we will be providing educational training to the youth in our schools.  The Portsmouth Police Department is constantly trying to find new ways to keep our children and our community safe.

Anyone interested in more information about this program is asked to call Detective Sergeant Russell Russo at 610-7645.  Anyone that has information about underage drinking or any other crime can call the Portsmouth Police Bureau of Investigative Services at 436-2511, or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 431-1199 or 207-439-1199, or the website at www.seacoastcrimestoppers.org  






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