A decoy operation on Friday, Feb. 6, in which a minor attempted to buy alcohol at 10 Menlo Park locations, resulted in citations for selling liquor to a minor at three restaurants, police reported.
Iberia Restaurant on Alma Street, Cafe Del Sol on Doyle Street and Akasaka on El Camino Real were the restaurants where citations were issued, Menlo Park police said.
The state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control took part in the operation with Menlo Park police. Police said the minor, who was under their direct supervision, complied with guidelines that say a decoy in such an operation must be: under 20, appear to be a minor, not wear clothing or jewelry which makes him or her appear older, and must answer truthfully if asked his or her age.
Police said individuals charged with selling or furnishing alcohol to a minor can be fined $250 to $1,000 or serve 24 to 32 hours of community service if found guilty of a first violation. Businesses that sell liquor to a minor can have their liquor license suspended or revoked.
The operation was funded with a mini-grant from the ABC, which requires such compliance checks at businesses licensed to sell alcohol for consumption both on and off the premises. "The goal of the mini-grant is to reduce alcohol-related crime," Menlo Park Office James Leuvano said.