Wifey and I were devastated at being forced to close just because we didn't pay the yearly fee for the STATE alcohol license.
They had come and closed us on a Saturday. The authorities KNOW that a restaurant's best day is on a Saturday so that was just wrong IMO.
Sunday we called our lawyer and got great advice. We posted about our experience on Facebook, My blogpost from a few days ago... We were not prepared for the results of our post....
My mouth hit the floor! OMG!
We met with the State license board and they were reasonable. At first there was sticker shock. They wanted to charge almost 4 thousand dollars in fines etc. We reasoned with them etc. They dropped most of the fines and late fees for the most part. Because I don't have $4,000 just laying around ya know! Without them dropping the fines we wouldn't have been able to be open again.
There also really needs to be better organization of where all the govt. buildings are. We had to drive hours going to each one. One was in Arteaga, one in Centro, one in lourdes etc. Arghhh! Just consolidate all alchol offices in ONE building! We probably used that $4,000 in frickin GAS! HAHA
So we paid the late license and we are back in business. I have a feeling our fans helped out a great deal in getting them to drop the fines.
We are back baby!