Both The Keg and Tuffy's Quick Stop in Lafayette lost their liquor license for two years following ATC hearings on Monday.
"When it comes to ATC business it's called the 'death penalty.' When you revoke the alcohol permit of a business—that's in business to sell alcohol—obviously they can't operate anymore," says ATC Commissioner Troy Hebert. The Keg was fined $10,000.
The Catahoula Restaurant Corporation, which owns the keg, is barred from serving any alcohol at any of their businesses for two years. Arcadian Bar and Grill in Lafayette, Jerseys in Broussard and Club Riches in Alexandria were fined $5,000.
According to the ATC, The Keg had five offenses dating back to 2011. Their latest one came in April—approximately 85 percent of the customers that night were underage; some as young as 16 and 17 years old. The offense before that came during a parish wide sting operation in December.
Following the December sting operation, The Keg allegedly put out a Mardi Gras t-shirt mocking their citations. "It was very upsetting about the t-shirt incident to see that cause that kind of talks about the mindset of maybe how they were operating it," says Hebert. A couple of underclassmen at UL-Lafayette are upset too. "Me and my friends would always go to The Keg and hang out before it got shut down," says UL-Lafayette Sophomore Josh Lannie.
Some upperclassmen say they're hoping the younger students don't move their party downtown. "We want to be around an older crowd and now that they're coming and party crashing it kinda sucks," UL-Lafayette Senior Brielle Smith.
Owners of The Keg declined to comment at the ATC hearings.
1808 Eraste Landry Rd, PO Box 90665,
Lafayette LA 70509