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Two Forsyth businesses’ alcohol licenses suspended
South Forsyth gas station, west Forsyth restaurant cited for total of five days

Forsyth County commissioners recently voted unanimously to suspend the alcohol licenses for Marathon Food Mart at 5715 Atlanta Highway for two days and Fajitas Grill 3 at 3952 Canton Highway for three days due to alcohol code violations.

An employee of Fajitas Grill was issued a citation for selling alcohol to an underage customer, and the business previously had a citation for not having a license on premises with the last 24 months.

The company had an underage sale in 2013, which is outside the timeframe the county typically looks at while considering license suspensions.

“It just seems to me the breakdown is a management issue, and that’s really where we have to consider that with respect to whether we allow this licensee to continue operating,” District 5 Commissioner Laura Semanson said.

The Marathon gas station was also cited for an employee selling alcohol to an underage customer. A previous underage sale citation was given in August 2015.

The employee, who said he worked about 12 years at the businesses, also attempted to appeal the suspension of personal alcohol license but was denied by commissioners.

“There’s a reason why we typically don’t grant these, ever,” Chairman Todd Levent said. “If we ever do, everybody comes in trying because they’ve got nothing.”

The businesses will decide which dates they want their license suspended, but neither had reached out to the county’s planning staff as of Monday.

Three other businesses received warning letters at the meeting for alcohol violations.