More Businesses Busted Selling Booze to Minors in Mankato, MN’s Drunkest City

(Mankato, MN) – Criminal charges have been brought against three more people who allegedly served alcohol to minors at bars in Mankato, which has been ranked as the drunkest city in Minnesota.

Accused of selling liquor to underage persons during compliance checks conducted by police are 22-year-old Breianna Puckett, 25-year-old Aaron Quam and 31-year-old Orlando Gusman…at The Courtyard by Marriott, Chipotle on Madison Avenue and La Terraza Mexican Grill respectively.

Two weeks ago, servers at Bradley’s on Stadium, Pappageorge and the Verizon Center were charged after they allegedly sold to minors as well.

All six of these businesses were also among the 18 places that failed compliance checks this past summer. Each of the two-time offenders have been levied a $1,000 civil fine and been given a second strike under their liquor license.

In addition, nine other businesses sold to minors during the checks in October and November, earning a $500 civil fine and one strike under their liquor license.

They are:

Cub Grocery-Madison Avenue (off-sale)
Chipotle on Warren Street
Jake’s Stadium Pizza
Mankato Golf Club
Morson Ario VFW Post 9713
Mully’s on Madison
Grizzly’s Woodfire Grill
Buffalo Wild Wings
Victory Bowl

The servers involved from these businesses are also expected to face criminal charges.

The Mankato Department of Public Safety says it doesn’t expect to conduct another round of compliance checks in the near future, “but plans can change.”

If an establishment gets a third strike within the liquor licensing year (through April), its license may come up for review by the City Council.

In all, 27 of the 82, or one-third of establishments in Mankato that sell or serve alcohol have failed compliance checks this year.

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