A local restaurant owner with a past history of noncompliance with alcohol laws was cited again Wednesday for selling alcohol without a license.
The license for 40 East Grill, owned by Larry Brian Carter, 45, expired in late June, almost two weeks ago, said Statesboro Police Community Information Specialist Madison Warren.
A compliance check around 1 p.m. Wednesday resulted in the citation after it was discovered he was selling alcohol on the expired license, she said.
The citation was forwarded to Statesboro City Hall for further review and action.
In early December, Carter, of an Oakfield Drive address, was arrested on alcohol license and catering violations following a private business Christmas party held at his event venue adjacent to 40 East Grille, called The Hall.
He was charged then with shipping alcoholic beverages without a license and unlawful acts of catering, according to Bulloch County Jail records.
Carter was arrested then by Georgia Department of Revenue agents after the agency received a complaint and investigated the party, according to Georgia Department of Revenue incident reports.
At that time, according to reports, Carter’s alcohol license for 40 East was suspended in November due to violation of tax laws and catering laws. The license suspension for those violations was lifted a few days after the party, but the suspension was still in full effect Saturday, Dec. 2, when the private business Christmas party was held.
There was no alcohol license for The Hall. Alcoholic beverages, as well as food and other services served at the party were catered from 40 East, reports stated.
In addition to operating and serving alcohol while under license suspension, Carter allegedly transported alcoholic beverages Saturday from 40 East to The Hall, and failed to submit required paperwork regarding catering events with alcohol, according to Department of Revenue reports.
For the December violation, Carter was fined $1,350 fine as well as being made to pay back taxes regarding the November suspension.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.