New Hana Bar in Tumon, Guam, Ordered to Close for 90 Days and Pay Fine

The New Hana bar in Guam faces 90-day closure and $1,500 fine for serving alcohol past legal hours and concealing illegal practices, highlighting the ABC Board's crackdown on alcohol service violations.

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New Hana Bar in Tumon, Guam, Ordered to Close for 90 Days and Pay Fine

New Hana Bar in Tumon, Guam, Ordered to Close for 90 Days and Pay Fine

The Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board has ordered the New Hana bar in Tumon, Guam, to close for 90 days and pay a fine for violating alcohol service regulations. The suspension and penalty, effective April 17, 2024, come after the bar was found to be serving alcohol past the legal 2 a.m. cutoff and intentionally concealing its illegal operation hours.

Following a two-week undercover investigation, the ABC Board discovered that the New Hana bar was asking customers to park elsewhere to hide its unlawful practices. As a result, the board suspended the bar's alcoholic beverage control license for three months and imposed a $1,500 fine.

Kyoung Hong, the bar's owner, admitted to the violations but requested the board not to order a temporary closure. Despite Hong's plea, the board decided to proceed with the 90-day suspension and monetary penalty.

Why this matters: The ABC Board's decision to suspend the New Hana bar's license and impose a fine sends a strong message to other establishments in Guam that violating alcohol service regulations will not be tolerated. This action highlights the importance of adhering to legal operating hours and maintaining transparency in business practices.

The New Hana bar is not the only establishment facing consequences for violating ABC regulations. Several other bars and businesses in Guam were also cited and fined for various offenses, such as lacking proper ABC licenses for staff and owners being off-island without informing the board. The ABC Board's crackdown on these violations demonstrates its commitment to enforcing alcohol service laws and ensuring responsible business practices in the region.

Key Takeaways

  • New Hana bar in Guam ordered to close for 90 days, pay $1,500 fine for violating alcohol regulations.
  • Bar found serving alcohol past 2 AM and concealing illegal operation hours during undercover investigation.
  • ABC Board suspended bar's license and imposed penalty to send strong message against violations.
  • Several other Guam bars and businesses also cited and fined for various ABC regulation offenses.
  • ABC Board's crackdown demonstrates commitment to enforcing alcohol service laws and responsible business practices.