December 14, 2022
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Virginia ABC Communications - (804) 213-4413
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Joint Statement Regarding Spotsylvania County Restaurant Gourmeltz
Today, the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC) issued the following joint statement regarding Gourmeltz LLC in Spotsylvania County:
Virginia ABC and Gourmeltz LLC have entered into a Consent Agreement resolving all issues associated with the serving of alcohol products without the requisite license to do so at the restaurant. Effective December 23, 2022, the mixed beverage and wine and beer licenses of Gourmeltz will be reinstated. Alcohol products, less beer and wine products that have expired, are unsaleable or not safe for human consumption, seized pursuant to a search warrant on December 2, 2022, will be made available to Gourmeltz on December 23, 2022. It is understood and agreed by the Parties that the Consent Agreement and related obligations are neither an admission nor denial of liability or wrongdoing on the part of any of the Parties. Virginia ABC estimates the product not returned due to spoilage has an economic value in excess of $4,000. The licensee has provided VA ABC with an affidavit affirming that the licensee has not sold alcohol for the period beginning on December 2, 2022, and ending on December 23, 2022, twenty-one (21) days. Under the Consent Agreement, reinstatement of the license will occur on December 23, 2022, at 8 a.m.
The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC) is a major source of revenue for the commonwealth, contributing more than $2.7 billion to the general fund in the last five years. Virginia ABC currently operates 397 state stores and provides alcohol education and prevention programs for people of all ages. Its Bureau of Law Enforcement oversees approximately 19,000 ABC licensed establishments. Now marking its 88th year, ABC remains committed to progress and innovation in carrying out its vision of bringing good spirits and excellent service to Virginia.
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