Tavern’s liquor license suspended

  • John Santana<br>Mill Creek Enterprise editor
  • Monday, March 3, 2008 11:59am

Bert’s Tavern, a Mill Creek-area bar, is closed through Tuesday, Feb. 20, because the state Liquor Control Board has temporarily suspended its liquor license.

An orange sign taped to Bert’s front door says the license was suspended for two weeks effective Feb. 6 because of four violations of state law: an intoxicated employee, disorderly conduct, obstructing a police officer and allowing behavior that endangers public safety.

According to the Liquor Control Board, the incident in question took place shortly after 1:30 a.m. on Oct. 8, 2006. According to documents obtained from the Liquor Control Board, a fight broke out in the bar involving the son of one of the owners. Three patrons had the fight broken up three different times, but according to the documents, the son wanted to continue fighting with a customer who tried breaking up the fight.

A bartender on duty told the liquor control board that she tried to convince one of the owners, whose son was fighting, to stay out of it, but the owner allegedly stuck her in the face. She urged everyone to leave, but two of the owners and the fight instigator refused. The instigator began fighting with another person when Snohomish County Sheriff’s deputies were called.

The bartender on duty at the time quit her job after being struck in the face. When sheriff’s deputies arrived she was bleeding from the lip, nose and face and gave statements to the police.

While deputies were investigating the incident one of the owners was described as “extremely intoxicated” with very slurred speech. A deputy overheard an owner tell his son not to come back because police were looking for him. He and a female co-owner were later arrested and cited for obstructing a police officer.

The two owners were there with a party of guests the night the incident took place. No one affiliated with Bert’s Tavern could be reached for comment.

Bert’s Tavern is located at 17902 Bothell-Everett Highway, just north of 180th Street Southeast and south of the Mill Creek city limits.

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