Chinese restaurant has liquor licence suspended

HYKY Seafood Hot Pot Restaurant has lost its liquor licence after being caught by police selling alcohol to minors. - Martin van den Hemel photo
HYKY Seafood Hot Pot Restaurant has lost its liquor licence after being caught by police selling alcohol to minors.
— image credit: Martin van den Hemel photo

A downtown Richmond Chinese restaurant has had its liquor licence suspended for 10 days after Richmond Mounties investigated a complaint of minors consuming alcohol inside it.

On May 7, around 10 p.m., Richmond RCMP attended HKYK Seafood Hot Pot Restaurant, at 120-4260 No. 3 Rd., and found 11 teenagers sitting around one table, with alcohol in front of them. Police learned that all were 15 or 16 years old.

Richmond RCMP Cpl. Sherrdean Turley said the manager on duty admitted to police that the waitress did not seek identification prior to serving the alcohol.

The incident report was forwarded to the Liquor Control and Licencing Branch which recently issued a 10-day liquor licence suspension, effective Monday, June 11 and running through Wednesday, June 20.

Turley urged locals who are aware of underaged drinking at local businesses to contact police.

Another recent tip to police resulted in the Liquor Control and Licencing Branch levying a $5,000 fine at the Industry Bar and Grill at Richmond Public Market last month for serving alcohol to minors.

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