Koko’s and Kimo’s Face 180 Day K.O. of Liquor Licenses Over COVID
The Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board is done playing pat-a-cake with both Koko's Bartini and Kimo's Sportsbar and Brew Pub, voting to suspend their liquor licenses for three months if those establishments continue to defy Gov. Jay Inslee's COVID-19 mandate of no indoor dining at restaurants.
The board voted on Tuesday to take action if there were any more notices of non-compliance. No more double secret probation. I guess we're playing for keeps now.
A spokesperson for LCB says the liquor licenses remain intact unless the establishments continue to serve patrons inside.
According to a Facebook post from Kimo's, the restaurant will now be closed beginning Wednesday. A sign was posted stating that Kimo's would be closed until further notice. The restaurant is thanking hundreds of customers who supported them.
Below the post was a picture of a copy of the legal papers served by Washington state to Koko's.
According to a report, this is the final warning for both Koko's Bartini in Kennewick and Kimo's Sportsbar and Brew Pub in Richland. LCB Officers will be at the establishments to verify compliance over the next day. The latest mandate regarding bars and restaurants in Washington is in effect until at least January 11, 2021.
The worst case scenario seems to be the state's L & I Department issuing a total of $80,000 in fines against one Thurston County restaurant for giving the middle finger to any Inslee order since the mandates began months ago.