Three Evanston restaurants were cited for selling alcohol to minors after police sent teenagers posing as adults into 42 local establishments to try to buy liquor.
Farmhouse Tavern, 703 Church St.; World of Beer, 1601 Sherman Ave.; and Bluestone Restaurant, 1932 Central St., were all issued citations, according to a press release from the police department.
Police sent teenagers into restaurants, bars and retail stores that sell alcohol on Monday, Sept. 9, and Monday, Sept. 16, in a sting operation under police surveillance, according to the release.
“The alcohol compliance checks were scheduled this year to coincide with the upcoming start of university classes,” Cmdr. Jason Parrott said in the release. “The Evanston Police Department wants all establishments that sell alcohol as a part of their business to be cautious in their actions, verify an individual’s age when purchasing alcohol and understand that underage sales will be not be tolerated.”
The police department checks local businesses to make sure they are complying with underage drinking laws once a year, funded in part through federal grant money supplied by the Evanston Substance Abuse and Prevention Coalition.
Evanston police last conducted a compliance check in August 2012, when 11 random businesses were checked. All 11 were compliant, according to police.