The Evanston Police Department conducted alcohol compliance checks on Sept. 9 and 16 at various establishments in Evanston that hold liquor licenses authorizing the sale of alcoholic beverages in restaurants, bars and retail stores.
Police conduct these checks on an annual basis in cooperation with the Evanston Substance Abuse and Prevention Coalition (ESAPC). The mission of these alcohol compliance checks is to ensure that alcohol is sold only to adults age 21 or older and to ensure that establishments are properly asking for identification to verify age requirements.
On two consecutive Mondays, police checked 42 locations, with teenagers under the age of 21 posing as alcohol purchasers under police surveillance. Three establishments were cited by police for selling alcohol to a minor during this operation. Blue Stone Restaurant, 1932 Central St., and Farmhouse Tavern, 703 Church St., were cited on Sept. 9, and World of Beer, 1601 Sherman Ave., was cited on Sept. 16 for selling alcohol to a person under the age of 21. An administrative adjudication hearing for all citations issued is scheduled in room 2800 of the Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.,
The alcohol compliance checks were scheduled this year to coincide with the start of Northwestern University classes. The Evanston Police Department wants all establishments that sell alcohol as a part of their business to be cautious in their actions, verify an individual’s age when purchasing alcohol and understand that underage sales will be not be tolerated.