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Johnny Utah’s license suspended after Norwalk Police raid on underaged drinkers

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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8 comments

Rick April 21, 2018 at 10:39 am

This was sad, kids say they have been doing this for a while in Norwalk, first of the year state conducted enforcement and fined 11 places in Sono for various violations .

The news went viral Norwalk looks stupid, and to think some don’t think this was a game changer for things people want from Wall st to Sono.

Cant clean up what the city has but they want expansion they want yet they cant stop this from happened,

No one can find fault within the city , its nice to be insulated from any blame . Where are the old timers those who have a say with anything that goes on in the city?

https://www.nancyonnorwalk.com/2014/08/mayor-police-looking-at-ways-to-tamp-down-bar-closing-violence-in-norwalk/

Must be a great hiding spot and big too, to hide all those who want the city to grow with bars and flourish with building tinder boxes. Its so easy to pick sides in Norwalk as long as you get what you want.

Its not a matter of getting tough on crime and drinking in the city its who takes credit for having thus happen at all?

This is what the Redevelopment agency wants they promote these bars every chance they get.

What does Norwalk want? silence?

M. Murray April 21, 2018 at 12:04 pm

Sounds like they knew about a fairfield u party well in advance to have Liquor Control come out and Fairfield U security able to transport that many kids. Interesting that none of the Fairfield u kids were charged.

Rusty Guardrail April 21, 2018 at 12:14 pm

Unless they committed a crime, I don’t know what charges you’d press against the underage drinkers. Fake IDs? It doesn’t appear that the kids were carded.

Al Bore April 21, 2018 at 8:25 pm

The major crime was committed by Johnny Utah’s and they should loose their liquor license due to the magnitude of the crime. This was no accident with that many under age kids drinking.

Rick April 21, 2018 at 11:25 pm

HARTFORD — A bill approving self-serve alcohol machines at Connecticut bars and restaurants won on Tuesday.Now city hall can lead the charge of responsible drinking. One can at a time .

The 2018 Blind Beer Awards was at the Blind Rhino in Norwalk on April 21, 2018

Spigot Beer at 17 Washington St. and Iron Brewing have opened in Sono

Loft Martini Lounge opens again and of course Sono has SoNo “dive bar

GGP has committed $550,000 to help fund a circulator bus system that could cost the city more than $1 million to operate,

Yep a circulator a land BOOZE cruise and the taxpayers will pay for it, maybe the redevelopment agency and parking can come up with a catchy slogan for barf bags.

Maybe the bus could pull a trailer for poor souls who pass out all over Sono the police dept picks them up all the time Im sure GGP will have a few around the mall , bathing in the reflective pools passing out in the common areas.hooting up in clean bathrooms.

I thinking the city will never grow up its easier to drink and vote for Democrats if your faced all the time things wont bother you .Of course not all drink and not all vote.

Norwalk has become a laughing stock , the kids are on social media hammering the city for stopping what was a weekly drink fest.

The ink isnt even dry on Johnnys and some medias are all over the promotion of booze in Sono today , and you wonder why we are laughed at?

Connecticut residents with concerns regarding liquor establishments in the state may contact the Liquor Control Division lets report Susan and Tim from the RDA for Aiding and abetting .

Donna Smirniotopoulos April 22, 2018 at 9:47 am

Not to condone the practice of allowing underage patrons at Johnny Utah’s, but like all things Norwalk, even this problem comes down to Planning & Zoning. Washington Street restaurants cannot survive off the patronage of local millennial renters—the ones we are losing our shirts to every time the Planners and Zoners approve a new apartment development and our Grand List stagnates. Clearly, the millennial aren’t patronizing Johnny Utah’s. Nor are Norwalk natives over 21. I would guess JU’s is too expensive to be a hangout for locals. And it’s expensive because their rent is sky high. That’s where catering to affluent Fairfield U students comes in handy. It must be the price of doing business for Johnny Utah’s and places like it. According to Planning Commissioner Mike Mushak, the City has spent millions on plans. Yet it failed to anticipate this inevitability. Local incomes aren’t sufficient to sustain the Washington Street bar scene without underage drinkers thrown in to make the businesses profitable. Even establishments where the building owner was also the restaurant proprietor (Estia) folded. Several new places closed within months. Why? Because even with 5000 new apartments, those 10,000 millennial who can afford the high rents aren’t choosing Washington street to spend their disposable income. And locals find it too pricey, I know I do. Folks from surrounding towns object to the parking situation. And voila! Washington Street is where businesses go to die, unless you’re selling beads or Dutch chocolate.

John S April 23, 2018 at 4:36 pm

Johnny Utah had been promoting this as their “Last night in Business”… Looks like they intended to pack the bar with minors in one last hurrah. Pulling the permit is a joke if thats the case. Hit them where it counts. Fine them.

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