Ricky B’s liquor license renewed after illegal gambling charges
March 31, 2014
Ricky B’s Sports Pub and Music Venue had its liquor license renewed after the state charged the business with illegal gambling and modification of premises, Associate Town Judge Teresa Ablao wrote in her quarterly report to the Windsor Town Board on Monday.
The Colorado Liquor Enforcement Division investigated the business last June, alleging the business permitted poker games with cash buy-ins and cash awards.
The agreement between the state and the business alleged the business had five decks of playing cards, poker chips, lottery and raffle tickets, a gift card and $121 on the premises. The state also alleged the business modified its premises from plans it submitted at the time it obtained its original tavern license.
The business admitted to the violations, forfeited the gambling items and filed a written petition to the division requesting a fee payment in lieu of an active tavern license suspension, according to the agreement.
According to Ablao’s report to the board, the business paid a $1,401 fine to the state instead of having its license actively suspended. The business’ tavern license was suspended for nine days in February and an additional 16 days were “held in abeyance,” meaning the business won’t have its license suspended for those 16 days if it remains in compliance for one year.
The state determined the fine from 20 percent of the business’s estimated alcohol revenue during the nine-day suspension period, according to the agreement.
As Windsor’s designated liquor license authority, Ablao handles the approval of new licenses, renewals, transfers, location changes and holds monthly public meetings for applications that come before her, Town Attorney Ian McCargar has said previously.
Ablao’s report also states American Legion Post 109 also had its license reinstated after the business appeared at the hearing to address previous violations.
A call requesting comment from Ricky B’s was not returned by press time Thursday.