| December 29, 2006 -
Steve Hall, chairman of the City of Knoxville Beer Board, ordered
an immediate temporary suspension Friday of the beer permit held by
Michael's Restaurant & Bar at 7049 Kingston Pike.
The order will be served Friday afternoon, Dec. 29, and the suspension
will be in place until the next city Beer Board meeting on Jan.
Hall's order came after a Michael's employee served alcohol to
18-year-old Knoxville Police Explorer at the restaurant a little
before 6:30 p.m. on Thursday Dec. 28.
The explorer displayed her driver's license - which clearly indicated
she was underage - to the server before the violation occurred.
Hall made his decision based upon credible evidence that a violation
of both the city code and state law had occurred and with the approval
of the city's beer inspector, KPD Officer Jason Booker, and the
approval of Law Director Morris Kizer.
Thursday's citation is the latest in a series of citations against
Michael's for violating either city codes or state law relating
to the serving of alcohol.
The business currently faces a revocation hearing in April on the
earlier allegations and the current citation will be added to those.
According to the citation and KPD officers the explorer, who recently
turned 18, and KPD Officer Jennifer Mathiak, entered Michael's a
little before 6:30 p.m. and sat at a table.
Michaela A. Hugoboom, a Michael's server, approached them. When
the explorer and Mathiak ordered alcoholic beverages Hugoboom asked
to see some identification.
The explorer's license stated her date of birth and stated she was
under 21 until November of 2009.
After examining the licenses Hugoboom left and returned moments
later with the drinks, according to the citation issued by KPD Officer
At that time Mathiak contacted Huskey, KPD Officer Roger McNutt
and Special Agent Jason Poore, with the state's Alcoholic Beverage
Commission, and they entered the restaurant.
In addition to the city beer board action Poore will also be submitting
an administrative report concerning the citation to the director
of the Alcoholic Beverage Commission.