Updated, 6:35 p.m.: Second press release inserted.
NORWALK, Conn. – This is a press release, presented in a slightly altered format from which it was sent:
SUMMARY SUSPENSION ISSUED FOR JOHNNY UTAH’S AT 80 WASHINGTON STREET, NORWALK
Friday, April 20, 2018 – Today, the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) issued a summary suspension for Johnny Utah’s (LCA.0007617) located at 80 Washington Street Norwalk. The establishment must remain closed until further notice.
On April 19, 2018 at 11:45pm, representatives from the Norwalk Department of Police Service, the Department of Consumer Protection’s Liquor Control Division, and the Norwalk Fire Marshal’s Office entered the premise to address a report of underage patrons, and more than one hundred individuals under the age of 21 were identified.
“We are pleased that the Department of Consumer Protection suspended Johnny Utah’s liquor permit,” said Norwalk Police Chief Thomas Kulhawik. Chief Kulhawik added, “Having such a large number of very impressionable and vulnerable young people consuming alcohol is a concern for everyone. Permittees need to demonstrate they have an understanding of their responsibilities. Thank you to Commissioner Seagull for so quickly on this matter.”
“At DCP, we do everything we can within our jurisdiction to keep the public safe, and that means making it clear that businesses in the state must abide by the law,” said Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull. “Serving alcohol to minors is a serious offense that is not taken lightly. We want to thank our partners at the Norwalk Department of Police Service for working closely with us on this matter.”
Connecticut residents with concerns regarding liquor establishments in the state may contact the Liquor Control Division by emailing [email protected], or by calling (860) 713-6210.
Original press release:
Underage Alcohol Investigation
On April 19, 2018 the Special Services Division and agents from the Connecticut Liquor Control Commission conducted liquor compliance checks within the City of Norwalk. Shortly after 11:30pm they arrived at Johnny Utah’s at 80 Washington Street and found numerous underage people within the establishment.
Due to the large volume of people, numerous Patrol Division Officers were summoned to the scene to assist. Investigators found one-hundred-three underage persons in the bar to include ninety-three that were Fairfield University students.
Investigators noted that many of the underage persons were intoxicated and most did not possess any type of identification. ECS Transportation was called to the scene along with Fairfield University Public Safety to assist with the removal and transport of the students back to Fairfield University. No arrests have been made at this time however this investigation remains ongoing.
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