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Four eateries cited in alcohol sting
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Forsyth County News

The cited restaurants are:
* Applebee’s No. 12, at Lakeland Plaza
* Applebee’s No. 24, 4210 John’s Creek Parkway
* The Firkin & Crown, 440 Peachtree Parkway
* Golden Palace, 2300 Bethelview Road

Source: Forsyth County Sheriff's Office

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office has cited four restaurants for selling alcoholic drinks to underage customers.

According to a sheriff’s report, 10 eateries were checked March 21. Those that were charged served an alcoholic beverage to a person under age 21 without asking for proof of age. 

Once the drink was served, a plain-clothes deputy who witnessed the incident issued a citation.

The sting was the department's second such operation in two months.

In February, six people were charged with selling alcoholic beverages to minors as the result of an undercover operation that checked 13 convenience and package stores.

A seventh person was charged for not having a proper permit to sell alcoholic beverages.

Sheriff Ted Paxton described underage alcohol sales as "a very serious matter to us.”

“We are going to continue our enforcement efforts to make sure that every business selling alcoholic beverages in Forsyth County is in compliance,” he said.

Sheriff’s Capt. Frank Huggins said some establishments are chosen at random, while others are checked after residents file complaints.

“We try to make sure every business is in compliance, but if we receive complaints on a business then we’ll certainly check that,” he said. “We randomly check stores and restaurants just to make sure they’re in compliance.”

In the March sting, he said employees who serve alcoholic drinks must have a permit to do so, as well as the business owner.

The alcohol license holder for each business will have to appear in an administrative hearing before the Forsyth County commission, the report said.

In addition, the employees who served the drinks must appear in Magistrate Court.