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Inside Police Reports: Ummm, You Need a Permit for That

A noise complaint uncovers something else that should not have been going on.

A noise violation would have been one thing, but there was more going on inside the Baradari Banquet Hall on the night of July 29.

It was about 10 p.m., when officers from pulled up to business, located at 3870 Lawrenceville Highway. Someone had called to say it was too loud over there, according to an incident report. 

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Not only could police hear the music blaring as they pulled up, but also officers saw a pedestrian standing on a sidewalk in front of Baraderi Banquet Hall and leaning against a brick wall. Officers asked if he was OK, and he responded that he was.

However, the officer "could tell that the pedestrian had been drinking by his bloodshot eyes and the smell of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person," the report stated.

When officers walked inside the banquet facility searching for the renter of the facility, they noticed Modelo beer and Bud Light cans all over the place. Problem is: The facility did not have a liquor license.

Police promptly shut down the party -- not even because of the noise, but because of the beer.

They also wrote the renter a citation for breaking a city ordinance, which forbids alcohol being served at a location where there is no permit to do so. The renter also was given a warning for the noise.

Apparently, the renter told police that the owner said if there was a bodyguard -- paid $150 -- at the door that alcohol would be fine, and so would the noise.

Well, the owner was wrong, or lied. We're not sure which.

riley October 01, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Wait, since when does Lilburn county require a liqour license for banquet halls that don't serve alcohol themselves? Shouldn't that depend on the party holder? Whether or not they provided a licensed bar tender?
Joy L. Woodson October 01, 2012 at 03:29 PM
It is city ordinance in Lilburn.

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