May 11, 2011
Shady Lady's alcohol license suspended

By Chris Macias

You'll have to wait until May 20 if you were planning to grab a cocktail at Shady Lady (1409 R St. #101, Sacramento). The popular watering hole had its alcohol license suspended on May 10, due to Shady Lady's owners failing to notify California Alcoholic Beverage Control about a change in its business structure.

Shady Lady was granted its liquor license under the name of its individual owners: Jason Boggs, Garrett Van Vleck and Alex Origoni. The business has since changed its ownership name to Shady Lady Inc., but were penalized when ABC was not notified of this change. The business partners behind Shady Lady agreed to a 10-day suspension of its liquor license, said ABC spokesman John Carr.

"Any time you have a change in a person's name or the (business) structure, you have to let the department know," said Carr. "The department needs to know who the owners are and who's responsible for the business."

Shady Lady's 10-day shutdown leaves its 32 employees temporarily out of work. A series of benefits will be held around Sacramento to help Shady Lady's employees while the business stays dark. On Sunday from 2 to 7 p.m., drink proceeds from Tequila Museo Mayahuel (1200 K St., Sacramento) will go toward Shady Lady workers. Some Shady Lady staff will also guest bartend from 9 p.m. until close on Sunday at Dive Bar (1022 K St., Sacramento).

Boggs himself will tend bar on Monday at the Golden Bear (2326 K St., Sacramento) and distribute money from a tip jar among Shady Lady employees.

"I'm claiming ignorance and didn't think it was that big of an issue," said Boggs about failing to notify ABC. "I feel really bad for our employees, but the whole community's stepped up to help them."

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