The City of Branson recently conducted random compliance checks on Branson businesses holding liquor licenses to confirm that clerks are properly verifying the legal age of alcohol purchasers in compliance with the City of Branson’s liquor ordinance. On October 22, the Branson Police Department conducted random spot checks throughout the city with the assistance of minors.
Of 97 businesses in the compliance check sample, 91% were in compliance while nine were found in violation of the ordinance. Of the nine businesses found in violation, three were package stores while the other six were sold by the drink as follows:
AJ's One Stop Expressway Center Botana's Premier Mexican Buckinghams Prime Rib & Steakhouse Casa Fuentes Xtra Magnolia GrilleMr. G's Chicago PizzaParadise Grill Wal-Mart Store #32 White Oak Station #20
This 91% compliance rate shows a slight decrease of 4% over October 2015 when 95% businesses in a 100-business sample were found in compliance, and a 2% decrease from the last quarter compliance check conducted in July 2016. Regardless, the compliance rate remains approximately 20% higher than in years past which City of Branson leaders attribute to mandatory training programs that have been implemented by the City to train servers, cashiers and bartenders with regard to liquor sales laws and regulations and proper identification checking procedures.
Under city code, every business with a liquor license is required to undergo this mandatory “Regular Liquor Selling” training session. All staff members responsible for selling or serving liquor including managers, servers, bartenders and cashiers must attend within 60 days of hiring and every two years thereafter. This helps to mitigate the risks of selling to individuals under the age of 21 or intoxicated buyers.
The City of Branson holds the “Responsible Liquor Selling” training sessions every other month, with the next sessions being offered on December 1 at the Branson City Hall. Although this class is designed to fulfill the training requirements for the City of Branson, servers and cashiers from neighboring communities are also welcome to attend.
For additional information on the training or the city’s liquor ordinance visit www.BransonMo.gov or contact Carl Garrett, Branson’s supervisor of licensing and tax compliance, at 417-337-8575.
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About the City of Branson, Missouri:Located in Southwest Missouri, the City of Branson is committed to its citizens and to those who visit here, to ensure a safe and environmentally sound community. We will work as a team to maintain and promote the growth of our City, and to provide professional, courteous service to all through fair and open communication. We look to tomorrow, remembering yesterday, dedicated to excellence today.