West End Market will have its liquor license back in time for classes after serving a 30 day suspension by D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.
The market on Pennsylvania Avenue near Georgetown will be able to resume selling alcoholic beverages August 20, according to a document from the agency that regulates liquor licenses in the city. In addition to receiving the 30 day suspension of the license which began July 20, West End was also required to pay a $12,000 fine and comply with stipulations on the sale of alcoholic beverages after the suspension ends.
The board forbade one employee, Jeung Kim, from selling alcoholic beverages at the store and ordered the termination of another employee, Richard Kim. When the market receives its liquor license again next month, only the newly hired employees will be eligible to sell alcohol, according to the document.
“All such employees will be trained on ID compliance. At least one employee will obtain an ABC Manager’s license,” the document reads, referring to the new employees. The new employees must also be trained 30 days after they begin working.
The market was charged with 22 violations of liquor sale laws in March, including the sale of alcohol to persons under 21 years of age, failing to “take reasonable steps to determine that persons to whom alcoholic beverages are sold are under age 21” and for permitting the store “to be used for an unlawful purpose.”
During a hearing with the agency July 8, Eun Corporation, which operates West End Market, agreed to the sanctions above to resolve the 22 charges.
Hwan Eun, president of Eun Corporation, did not respond to requests for comment. The lawyer on behalf of the company, Rema Zadah, said she could not provide comment because of the subject of litigation.