BLANCHESTER — A Blanchester bar will have its liquor license suspended for 10 days and it’s also been fined $1,000 for an incident just over a year ago.
The Ohio Division of Liquor Control Commission issued the disciplinary finding against Ron’s Place, a bar at 126 S. Broadway St.
The disciplinary action began in January 2019 based on a complaint filed with the Commission by the Blanchester Police Department after a Dec. 22, 2018 “brawl at the bar involving intoxicated patrons”, according to a news release from the Blanchester Police Department.
The Liquor Control Division charged the bar with serving intoxicated patrons on the date of that incident in violation of Ohio Liquor regulations, stated BPD Chief Scott Reinbolt.
“After a series of hearings on the matter before the Ohio Liquor Control Commission in Columbus, on Dec. 4, 2019 the Commission ordered Ron’s Place to pay a fine of $1,000 and suspended the bar’s liquor license for 10 days, from Jan. 23 to Feb. 2, 2020,” said Reinbolt.
The Ron’s Place liquor license is registered in the name of “Deborah A. Johnson LLC DBA Ron’s Place & Beer Garden”, according to the Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Liquor Control website.
Ron Johnson, the owner of Ron’s Place, told the News Journal they would be closed during the suspension dates.
Reinbolt said, “The Commission previously ordered fines and permit suspensions in two cases involving the bar. In 2013 the bar was assessed a fine of $450 and its liquor license suspended for three days after the Blanchester Police Department investigated an incident of lewd conduct inside the bar and referred the incident to the Commission.
“In 2017 the bar was assessed a fine of $400 and its license was suspended for four days on a complaint of improper Sunday sales of intoxicating beverages, a case brought by Liquor Control Agents.”