CLINTON — The Wild Rose Casino and Resort will face a 30-day liquor license suspension and a $1,500 fine beginning July 28 for two violations of selling alcohol to a minor, according to the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division.
The first of two citations was issued by the Clinton Police Department on Feb. 27 when Matthew Earles served an alcoholic beverage to an 18-year-old male at Coaches Corner restaurant at the casino. The second citation came five months earlier on Sept. 26 when waitress Sarah Melvin sold a bottle of beer to a 20-year-old male.
Both underage sales happened during alcohol compliance checks conducted by the Clinton Police Department, and because the two citations occurred less than two years apart from one another, the suspension was issued along with $500 fines to both employees, and the $1,500 fine to the casino.
”We accept the decision made. We are going to adhere to the rules and serve our suspension,” Wild Rose Casino General Manager Travis Dvorak said. “As a business, we take this very seriously. We will respect that decision.”
Because the two violations occurred under the same Class B liquor license, the Coaches Corner restaurant and Oakwood Grand Ballroom convention center are the two areas that will be affected by the suspension. The casino floor is covered under a Class C license and will still be allowed to serve alcohol during those 30 days.
Also, after receiving news of the suspension, the Wild Rose management team decided to apply for a third liquor license through the state of Iowa and city of Clinton that will separate Coach’s Corner and the Oakwood Ballroom into two distinct entities. However, despite approval from the state and city, that separation will not go into effect until the suspension is served.
”After this, we came to realize that we have multiple events in multiple areas and we just thought it would be a good safeguard to have multiple liquor licenses,” Dvorak said. “Even though we follow the rules and regulations, it’s better for us and for our customers to keep each area responsible for its own entity.”