Alcohol licenses suspended at 3 western Michigan businesses for executive order violations

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Liquor licenses at three western Michigan businesses have been suspended for violating Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, officials said Monday, September 21.

The three companies are: Odyssey Entertainment, 700 E. Broadway Ave., Muskegon Heights; Wright Tavern, 18800 8th Ave., Conklin; and Flamingo Lounge, 930 Bridge St. NW, according to a press release from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).

The press release said the companies had several violations, including failing to meet social distancing requirements; not require masks for staff and clients; and not prevent customers from congregating.

Here are the details associated with fines in each company:

Odyssey Entertainment

On August 26, the commission suspended Odyssey’s liquor license, “pending a hearing on September 4”. On September 3, the company reached a settlement agreement with the commission. The deal required Odyssey to pay $ 750 in fines and “an additional 14-day suspension that ended” on September 17.

Wright Tavern

On September 9, the commission ordered an emergency suspension of Wright Tavern’s license. A hearing is scheduled for Sept. 21 to determine whether the suspension should continue or whether other fines and penalties should be imposed, LARA said.

Salon Flamingo

The commission ordered an emergency suspension of activities at Flamingo Lounge on September 15. A hearing is scheduled for Sept. 25 to see whether the suspension should continue or whether other fines and penalties should be issued, LARA said.

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