WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS, Ohio (WOIO) - Two Warrensville Heights businesses are at the mercy of the Ohio Liquor Control Commission after agents from the Ohio Investigative Unit cited them for COVID-19 violations Saturday night.
The businesses may be fined, but the Ohio Liquor Control Commission has the power to suspend or even revoke a restaurant’s liquor license.
Shukuwa Resto Bar LLC. operating as Choukouya Resto Bar in Warrensville Heights served alcohol after hours, according to an Ohio Investigative Unit release.
Warrensville Heights police officers and Ohio Investigative Unit agents went to the bar a little after midnight, the release said.
The release said they found about 20 people gathered and many were consuming alcohol.
The restaurant received an administrative citation for after hours consumption.
Choukouya Resto Bar was also cited Sept. 18 for limitation on hours for on-premises consumption, the Ohio Investigative Unit release said.
DLP Hospitality Group LLC. operating as Floods Urban Seafood in Warrensville Heights served alcohol after hours, according to an Ohio Investigative Unit release.
However, a legal representative for Floods Urban Seafood said this allegation is false.
Warrensville Heights police officers and Ohio Investigative Unit agents went to Floods Urban Seafood around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, according to an official press release which claimed agents found roughly 30 people gathered and many were drinking alcohol.
But Allen Boseman Jr. told 19 News Floods Urban Seafood was cited for serving one alcoholic beverage after hours.
Boseman claims security footage and personal cell phone footage confirm the alcohol was snuck into the business rather than served. He said the footage also reveals the citation was regarding one customer, not several.
An administrative citation for after hours consumption was issued by Ohio Investigative Unit agents.
“Floods is making a good faith effort to comply with the COVID-19 order, even if it lacks the ability to control the unilateral actions of every single patron that enters its premise – just like any other establishment,” Boseman said in a statement to 19 News.
Floods Urban Seafood is a black-owned business, Boseman said.
Floods Urban Seafood submitted an official misconduct complaint against a Warrensville Heights police officer for harassment following the Saturday night incident, Boseman said.
Boseman said the officer demonstrates a pattern of harassing black-owned businesses, and other local business owners fear speaking out due to concerns of retaliation.