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You can still purchase cheese and charcuterie at the Dean & Deluca in Georgetown, but no wine to go with it. The local outpost of the gourmet grocery chain was hit with a 35-day liquor license suspension and a $30,000 fine for selling alcohol to a minor, according to an order issued by the Alcohol Beverage Control Board on April 3.
If the penalty seems severe, it’s because this is the fourth time ABRA has cited Dean & Deluca for selling alcohol to a minor in the past four years.
“The five-figure fine coupled with the greater than month-long license suspension are evidence that the District’s, and its Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration’s, patience for unlawful alcohol sales to persons underage have worn thin,” says Kurt Erickson, president of the Washington Regional Alcohol Program.
The nonprofit organization works to prevent drunk driving and underage drinking in the D.C. area and tweeted about Dean & Deluca on Saturday.
City Paper reached an employee at Dean & Deluca this morning, who confirmed that the store’s license has been suspended. It’s business as usual there except for alcohol sales. The suspension will last through May 7.
Photo by Flickr User Mack Male