Club Roxie gets fine instead of liquor license suspension |

Club Roxie gets fine instead of liquor license suspension

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Chad Spangler Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” The owner of Club Roxie was ordered to pay a $1,014 fine instead of facing a five-day liquor license suspension.

The Glenwood Springs Alcohol and Beverage Hearing Board came to the decision Tuesday night. The board last month ordered a five-day liquor license suspension with the possibility of 10 more days if there were further violations at the club. But the owner, Franck Lemarie, got a petition for the fine instead of the suspension approved by the liquor board, according to City Clerk Robin Unsworth.

At issue was a May 17 violation in which police cited two club employees with serving alcohol to a visibly intoxicated person in the Seventh Street business.

Lemarie received a citation for the same crime months later on Oct. 4.

The liquor board couldn’t take the Oct. 4 citation into account because the charge was still going through court. The liquor board could potentially consider further punishment for the Oct. 4 incident. A message left at the club wasn’t returned during the day Wednesday and other efforts to reach Lemarie were unsuccessful.

Police reports have documented an ongoing pattern of alleged overserving as well as other problems such as fighting at the downtown club.

On Nov. 2, police arrested two men for fighting and allegedly trying to choke a security guard at the Roxie. One had drug paraphernalia. The previous night on Nov. 1, police cited two men with fighting at the Roxie in the early hours of the morning. On March 16, Lemarie was again cited with serving to a visibly intoxicated person. On Jan. 4, a man was arrested for making racial slurs toward Hispanic males at the Roxie and punching one of them. In December 2007, police arrested a man at the club on suspicion of harassment. In October 2007, two women were cited with fighting at the Roxie. There were other similar incidents documented further back.

The Roxie is not the only night-spot to encounter those kinds of problems, but it has appeared in police reports more frequently than other Glenwood Springs locations.

Police Chief Terry Wilson said police have dealt with “numerous situations” involving suspected over-service of alcohol to customers at the Roxie. However, Wilson said, people often go to the Roxie late at night after drinking heavily at other bars.

“It’s created a whole new dynamic for them and us. It definitely changes the attitude and the tenor of people,” he said.

Unsworth said the amount of the $1,014.40 fine is determined by a state statute. The amount represents 20 percent of the Roxie’s estimated revenues from alcohol sales for a five-day period in May around the time the violation in question occurred, she said.

The last business to be fined or have a liquor license suspended was the Oasis Restaurant. In October 2007 the state suspended its liquor license for four days because 25 percent or more of its sales were not coming from food items as required by its hotel/restaurant liquor license. There were no other liquor-license related fines or liquor license suspensions this year or last.

Lemarie must pay the fine by Jan. 7 or face liquor license suspension. Unsworth said the Roxie’s liquor license has not been suspended within the last two years. If it had been, Lemarie would not have been allowed to petition for the fine instead of the liquor license suspension.

Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121

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