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2nd downtown Steamboat Springs bar faces penalties for serving after hours this summer

Steamboat Pilot & Today

— The owners of another downtown Steamboat Springs bar have been summoned to appear before the city’s liquor license compliance division to face a claim that the bar illegally served alcohol after hours.

Police officers on July 10 found bar patrons at The Pit on Fifth BBQ drinking alcohol after 2:33 a.m., according to a police report.

Patrons were reportedly drinking beers, and there were buckets of beers on tables.

Edgar Navarrao, owner of the bar, told police the bar was hosting a dance that night, and he thought patrons could still be finishing up their alcoholic drinks as long as they were not sold after 2 a.m.

He told officers that he had stopped selling alcohol at 1:45 a.m.

Officers told Navarrao that under state law, all drinks have to be out of patrons’ possession by 2 a.m.

The Pit on Fifth faces possible fines and a suspension of its liquor license if the city’s liquor compliance division finds that the violations did occur.

A hearing on the matter is scheduled for Thursday.

The hearing against The Pit on Fifth marks the second time this summer a downtown establishment has been written up by the city for a liquor license violation.

In July, the owners of Schmiggity’s agreed to pay the city fines after the bar was cited for serving patrons after hours and allowing some patrons to consume alcohol outside of the venue.

The city gave the bar the option to pay the fines instead of having its liquor license suspended.

Hearings before the liquor license compliance division are rare in Steamboat.

Prior to the violations this year, the last time the liquor license compliance division held a hearing was in January 2013, when officers witnessed a bartender at Carl’s Tavern serve someone who was just hours shy of his or her 21st birthday.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10

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