Inspectors from Liquor & Gaming NSW have seized more than 340 cans and bottles of alcohol at a popular Sydney CBD Korean restaurant.
Covert inspectors were last week able to buy alcohol at the Young Pochas restaurant in Pitt St despite the venue’s liquor licence being cancelled in July.
When it was licensed, the restaurant had a poor compliance history including offences for allowing a patron to become so intoxicated he became unconscious, and multiple offences of selling alcohol outside authorised trading hours.
The restaurant has since had its licence cancelled for failing to pay its licence fee.
During their operation, inspectors also discovered that the staff member who sold alcohol to them did not have Responsible Service of Alcohol accreditation.
Liquor & Gaming NSW Director of Compliance Operations Sean Goodchild said it is illegal to sell alcohol without a liquor licence and not worth it if you get caught.
“Venues that let their licence fees lapse and become unlicensed can face serious consequences,” Mr Goodchild said.
“Unlicensed liquor sales can pose significant risks of harm to the public as well as create an unfair financial advantage over other operators who are doing the right thing.
“The offence carries maximum penalties of an $11,000 fine and/or 12 months imprisonment.”
The rules for liquor retail in NSW are there to safeguard responsible service and prevent purchases by minors.
Licensed venues must complete licensee and RSA training to be eligible to hold a licence.
The licensing process also determines the suitability of a licensee and how the licence could impact the local community.
Anyone with information about unlicensed alcohol sales should contact Liquor & Gaming NSW on 1300 024 720 or use the online feedback form on our website www.liquorandgaming.nsw.gov.au.
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