Valhalla receives one-week liquor license suspension



Valhalla Bar and Grill began a week-long suspension Friday for serving alcohol to minors twice in two years.

IAN SMAY, Evergreen reporter

Valhalla Bar and Grill has received a one-week liquor license suspension from the Washington Liquor Control Board

The suspension went into effect at 10 a.m. Friday and comes after Valhalla served alcohol to a minor for the second time in as many years, said WLCB Communications Director Brian Smith.

Valhalla had no comment on the matter.

Smith said the first violation came in Nov. 2017 while the latest incident that resulted in a suspension occurred this February. He also said the board offers training to help establishments like Valhalla avoid these issues.

“Valhalla understands its interest is in not selling to minors,” he said.

Smith said Valhalla asked if they could pay a fine instead of receiving a suspension and the board offered to let them, but Valhalla decided against paying the fine, taking the standard week-long license suspension penalty.

The bar will once again be allowed to serve alcohol again next Friday, Smith said.

While convenience stores tend to be the most common offenders, Smith said it is important for establishments in college towns or other areas where minors may be likely to attempt to purchase beverages to have mechanisms in place to check IDs.  He estimated the compliance rate for any business that sells alcohol to be between 76 and 92 percent.

This story will continue to be updated as we gather information.