Thursday 26 November 2015 [PDF,140kb]
A Lidcombe restaurant has become the fourth NSW venue to have its liquor licence suspended for serving alcohol to under 18s.
The liquor licence of Palbok BBQ Pty Ltd, trading as Palbok House, has been suspended for 21 days after serving spirits to a group of teenagers.
"Holding a liquor licence carries a high level of responsibility especially in relation to preventing the sale and supply of alcohol to minors under 18," Office of Liquor, Gaming & Racing (OLGR) Director of Compliance and Enforcement Anthony Keon said.
"Preventing the sale of alcohol to minors is easily achieved by requiring customers to
produce a valid evidence of age document prior to being served.
"Licensees and managers of licensed venues must take all reasonable steps to ensure there are controls in place to minimise and prevent the sale of alcohol to minors - or they will face serious consequences."
Under new laws introduced by the NSW Government last December, licensees can have their liquor licences suspended for up to 28 days for convictions of serving alcohol to minors.
The Royal Hotel in Temora became the first venue to face a suspension under the escalated sanctions scheme in June followed by the Liquor Stax bottle shop at Terrigal in September and the Liquorland bottle shop at the Eastgate Shopping Centre in Bondi Junction in October.
OLGR has now suspended the liquor licence of Palbok House from 10am today until 10.30pm on Wednesday 16 December 2015.
At 9.50pm on 10 April 2015, Police observed four young people seated in an outdoor dining area of the restaurant with an adult eating dinner and consuming soju, a Korean spirit. Police asked to see identification and the adult produced a university student card showing him over 18 but the four young people were all under 18.
The restaurant’s approved manager had supplied the minors with three bottles of soju and shot glasses from which they appeared to be drinking straight spirits.
One minor advised she had 1-2 shots, another had a half-consumed bottle of soju with a cup in front of him and appeared slightly intoxicated, and a third was still drinking soju
while smoking a cigarette. The fourth advised she had not consumed alcohol at the premises.
The approved manager admitted not asking for age identification before serving them alcohol despite him completing a responsible service of alcohol (RSA) course only six months prior.
As well as the 21 day suspension, the venue was served with two infringement notices totalling $2200, has incurred a first strike under the Three Strikes disciplinary scheme, and ordered to implement a plan of management.