Alcohol violation draws fine

A 17-year-old girl who served wine with dinner without any request for identification cost the owners of Columbia's Olive Garden restaurant a $1,000 fine.

The county liquor inspector, Detective Martin Johnson, told the Howard County Alcoholic Beverage Hearing Board this month that he had sent a female into the restaurant, in the 8300 block Venson Drive, with a 19-year-old male police cadet March 28. Johnson had asked them to order dinner and an alcoholic beverage and instructed them to call him outside the building if they were served.


The written order was issued by the board Jan. 25. The restaurant licensees, Gary Mowery, Elizabeth Abney and Anne Ferrell, stipulated to the facts of the incident. Mowery said it was the restaurant's first violation in 12 years, and Adney said all employees are thoroughly trained to ask for identification and drilled on it before each shift. The server in question was fired.

For the record

In an article published in Wednesday's Howard County Sun about a minor served alcohol at the Olive Garden restaurant in Columbia, the age of the server was incorrect. The patron who was served wine was 17 years old, not the server. The Sun regrets the error.