NEW ORLEANS, LA — Today, the New Orleans Alcohol and Beverage Control Board voted to revoke the alcoholic beverage permits of the Daiquiri Place Café located at 1401 St. Charles Avenue. The City of New Orleans brought charges against the establishment after it was found to be in violation of a 2007 consent judgment with the City as well as other nuisance issues.
Under the 2007 consent judgment with the City, the location is required to have security on duty at all times, abide by the litter abatement program and abide by early closing hours.
At today’s hearing before the City's Alcohol Beverage Control Board, three attorneys for the City, Nolan Lambert, Dan Macnamara, and Eraka Williams-DeLarge demonstrated that the establishment failed to do anything to comply with the terms of the agreement. In fact, the establishment continued to violate its terms even following two inspections of the establishment in July and September of this year.
Officers with the New Orleans Police Department and the State Alcohol and Tobacco control testified about large and out of control crowds, litter, and other nuisance violations at the bar. These observations were echoed by witness after witness whose businesses have been negatively impacted by the irresponsible manner in which the bar operated.
In July 2012, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced a new partnership with the Louisiana Office of Alcohol & Tobacco Control to strengthen ABO enforcement.
“We will continue to investigate nuisance bars that serve as breeding grounds for violence and crime,” said Mayor Landrieu. “This is about improving quality of life.”
"The City will continue to aggressively address nuisance ABOs through tough, but fair enforcement of our laws. We are proud of the results we have achieved and we will continue to protect the quality of life of our citizens and visitors.” City Attorney Richard Cortizas said.
Alcoholic Beverage Outlets operating in violation of their permits can become sites of violent incidents and create noise, litter, and parking violations that interfere with neighbors' quality of life. In 2009, only 32 ABO prosecutions occurred. Due to a successful commitment to better enforce nuisance establishments, there were 96 prosecutions alone in the 2nd quarter of 2012. Nearly 400 prosecutions have occurred since January 2011.