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Another Japantown Bar Is Closed Over Sketchy Drink Solicitation Scheme

The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control today closed a San Francisco bar for 45 days, alleging that patrons were being charged a surcharge on drinks in return for female company.

The suspension of Dimples Cocktail Lounge at 1700 Post St. is the result of a three-month long investigation by undercover agents, ABC spokesman John Carr said.

Agents discovered that female bar servers at Dimples were placing a surcharge on drinks in return for keeping male patrons company, Carr said.

The bar would collect the money and then pay a commission to the female employee.

The drink solicitation scheme is illegal, and can contribute to the over-service of alcohol and possibly other violations of the law, Carr said.

Dimples’ license has been suspended for 45 days, and placed on probation for three years. It will be revoked if there are any similar violations in the next three years, Carr said.

ABC officials also suspended the license of Pagoda, a bar at 1704 Post St., for 60 days in February for a similar drink solicitation scheme.

One employee at Pagoda was also arrested on suspicion of soliciting an act of prostitution and another employee was referred to the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office for possible prosecution for pimping, officials said.

Sara Gaiser, Bay City News

Japantown Bar’s Liquor License Suspended After Allegations Of Prostitution, Solicitation

pagodaA San Francisco bar had its alcohol license temporarily suspended Thursday after authorities discovered the bar was allegedly involved in illegal drink solicitation.

Pagoda, located at 1704 Post St., is facing a 60-day suspension following a three-months-long investigation by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control that uncovered a suspected commission scheme, agency spokesman John Carr said.

The illegal drink solicitation and commission scheme involved bar servers who placed a surcharge on alcoholic beverages in exchange for keeping male patrons company, according to Carr.

Such practices can result in the over-service of alcoholic beverages to customers, Carr said.

One employee was also arrested on suspicion of soliciting an act of prostitution, and another employee was referred to the San Francisco County District Attorney’s Office for possible prosecution for pimping, according to Carr.

Under the terms of the stipulated decision, the license has been suspended for 60 days, which means no alcohol can be sold or served during that period.

If similar violations occur within the next three years, the ABC has the authority to revoke the license.

Pagoda photo: Yelp user Steve F