California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) agents pulled the liquor license from Rancho Cafe in Sylmar following a joint investigation with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). Agents posted a Notice of Revocation at the bar on November 21, 2013. By revoking the liquor license, the owners are no longer allowed to serve alcohol.
During the investigation, ABC agents found an illegal drink solicitation and commission scheme underway. the scheme involved bar servers who place a surcharge on drinks in exchange for keeping male customers company.
“ABC agents worked with the Los Angeles Police Department, discovered the illegal activity and took action,” said Alan Barcelona, president of the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA). CSLEA represents ABC agents, as well as nearly 7,000 other state law enforcement, public safety and consumer protection professionals. “ABC agents work so very well with other law enforcement agencies enforcing the law and improving the quality of for those who live or work near these bars where illegal activity is taking place.”
Over the course of the investigation, In 2012 and 2013, a team of agents and officers investigated Rancho Cafe and discovered additional violations, as a result, ABC filed two separate accusations.