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Fargo bar losing license for a day

A Fargo bar is being fined $1,000 and will have its liquor license suspended for one day for failing its third alcohol compliance check in a year. Buffalo Wild Wings, 1501 42nd St. S., failed alcohol compliance checks in December 2007, May and Ju...

A Fargo bar is being fined $1,000 and will have its liquor license suspended for one day for failing its third alcohol compliance check in a year.

Buffalo Wild Wings, 1501 42nd St. S., failed alcohol compliance checks in December 2007, May and July, said Robyn Litke, coordinator for the Safe Communities Coalition.

The business is the first in Fargo to fail three times in 365 days since the coalition began checking businesses about nine years ago, Litke said.

"I'm pleasantly surprised that it's taken this long to reach a third (failure)," she said. "We've been enforcing this ordinance for quite a few years, and it had never reached this point. I think that says a lot for the licensees in the community."

A manager for the business declined to comment Wednesday. Buffalo Wild Wings is allowed to request a public hearing before the suspension takes place, but that hearing may also be waived, Litke said.

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The business can select which day the suspension will occur, but it must be within 30 days of when the sanction is imposed, said City Attorney Erik Johnson.

The coalition checks four times a year on each business that has a liquor license, but a business that fails receives another check for each failure, Litke said.

Each compliance check involves underage volunteers attempting to purchase liquor at bars, liquor stores and restaurants.

Twenty-five businesses from the metro area have failed compliance checks in 2008, with Buffalo Wild Wings at 42nd Street and Grizzly's in Fargo failing twice. Grizzly's failed in March and April, according to compliance checks records.

Since June 2005, Oasis Convenience Store in Moorhead has the most failures with four, the records show.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Brittany Lawonn at (701) 241-5541

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