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Tam-O-Shanter cited for serving alcohol to minor

Sylvania’s sports complex Tam-O-Shanter, which is operated by the Sylvania Recreation District, has been cited for serving alcohol to a minor.

At 10:40 p.m. Thursday, an underage informant of the Ohio Department of Public Safety purchased an alcoholic beverage at The Loft, a restaurant with a bar on the second floor of Tam-O-Shanter, 7060 Sylvania Ave.

Raymond Rodriguez of the state agency said the bartender did not ask the buyer for identification or his age.

Mr. Rodriguez said the state agency sent three police officers, along with the informant, to Tam-O-Shanter to explore an anonymous tip received last September. The caller advised that 17- and 18-year-olds were being served alcohol after 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

Since that tip, state agents have visited the facility on three other occasions. Twice the restaurant was closed, and the third time the officers over 21 years of age were carded.

Mr. Rodriguez said it sounded as if underage drinking was an ongoing problem, however, officials of Tam-O-Shanter said it was a singular incident.

“I don’t believe it is the culture of our staff to serve underage individuals,” Tom Cline the general manager said in a phone interview.

Mr. Cline said Tam-O-Shanter was reviewing the details of the citation with its legal counsel. He said the management takes the alleged crime seriously. As a multi-purpose facility, the restaurant receives a cross-section of age groups and the staff is trained to ask for the identification of customers of all ages.

“Our staff needs to know ‘every person every time,’ you can’t take that chance,” he said. The responsibility of identification checks is left to the bar server. In this case, he said they will review the process to ensure it does not happen again, and that staff receives reinforced training.

“Our goal is to be 100 percent compliant,” Mr. Cline said.

Tam-O-Shanter will appear in front of the Ohio Liquor Control Commission for the civil citation. A date has not been set. The server in the incident will have charges, not yet filed.

At this point in time, Mr. Cline said they are reviewing the actions of the server. He said the server is entitled to the due process of the law.

Contact Natalie Trusso Cafarello at : 419-206-0356 or ntrusso@theblade.com.

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