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Liquor Commission fines Hopaka Street bar

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The Honolulu Liquor Commission fined a former bar $10,000 for violations ranging from an employee drinking on the job to keeping an unclean environment.

Club Mystique, at 1217 Hopaka St. near Pensacola and Kona streets, closed on Feb. 18 because the owner turned over the liquor license to the landlord, said the bar’s attorney Keith Kiuchi. The bar was already under probation for previous violations, according to the commmission.

He said the liquor license is in safekeeping with the landlord, and the bar’s owner can no longer remain as a tenant. The owner, who allowed independent contractors to operate within the establishment, was evicted partly because of maintenance issues. 

The liquor license could be transferred to another business after the fines are paid off and other Liquor Commission concerns are addressed.

The commission on Thursday fined the bar $2,000 for each of five counts, including time card violations, an employee working with liquor who was not registered with the commission, an employee drinking liquor on the job, and failure to keep its premises clean and sanitary.

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