Northwest bar cited for admitting 80 minors

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Excise police have cited a northwest Indy bar after finding 80 minors inside. Police say some of the minors were as young as 13, and dozens were caught drinking.

Officers arrived at Early Bird Bar & Grill around 1:45 a.m. Sunday, after seeing a flyer advertising the birthday party of a 13-year-old. More than a dozen teens were charged with illegal consumption or possession of alcohol.

The Early Bird Bar & Grill, also known as Pancake House, was cited for 80 counts of allowing a minor to loiter and one count of altering floor plans without approval. The bar, as well as 27-year-old bartender Garcia Martinez were cited for violating three city ordinances: No dance hall permit, allowing minors to loiter and allowing minors to violate curfew. Officers will seek to have the bar’s alcoholic beverage license removed when the case is reviewed by the Alcohol & Tobacco Commission.

“The State Excise Police will continue to collaborate with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and other agencies across the state to curb the access and sale of alcohol to minors,” Superintendent Matt Strittmatter said. “Moreover, excise officers will continue to work with the alcoholic-beverage industry to ensure voluntary compliance with the law. But blatant violations like those reported here will result in immediate enforcement action.”

All juveniles arrested were released to their parents and will appear in Marion County Juvenile Court.


  • Dean

    Where are there parents, and don't get it, I'm parents were a part of my life as I grow up.
    Maybe it's time to put parents in jail.
    We need to teach our children in school how to be good parents.

    • francisco

      In mexico, when we are 13, we are more men than you White trash. you wish to be as men as we are. you white trash are like a little girl. by the way, if the bartender not speak good english, he try it!, and he not only speak one language as you white trash.

  • youngdrunk

    Dang it, where am I going to get my booze now? Oh wait I know a place in lawrence that sells to minors.

  • AnOnYmOuS

    They need to check all the other Hispanic Bars (QBO Patrons Parral) they all ways have minors with fake IDs

  • Elvia Sanchez

    Rodgerrobot i feel sorry for your ignorance ! you know very well that other people do this kind of stuff theres no need to be racist !

  • shut up garcia

    garcia ur a dumbass for not checking i.d on teens come on now evey place that has alcohol says if you dont look 35 i need i.d what did the kidds were mustaches and the girls stuff there traning bras whats your excuse they are children not adults you run a bar not an arcade room get the i.d next time or be on the news again someone will always find out what your doing

  • 101lolsuske

    AnOnYmOuS they need to check all WHITE BARS (Hill Belly GRill) always have miners with fakes………………..

  • gueragee

    It wasnt a 13 year olds bday first off .
    And these parents didn't know where us kids were until we had to call them .
    Some of us kids are responsible , when it says all ages of course minor are going to go so don't blame the parents when they didnt know where there kids were .

    • Crystal

      If your under the age of 18 and your parents had no idea where you were then that makes them bad parents. And if you are under the age of 18 and caught in a bar where your parents had no idea where you are you in fact are IRRESPONSIBLE!!!

  • StarlettMiller

    This is GREAT!
    I am sure there was a fair amount of the dreaded "illegals" that everyone is worried about in this crowd but this just helps prove my theory.

    These people are assimilating into the prevailing culture FAST and celebrating St. Patrick's Day is the perfect way to show their American pride!

    My guess is that every one of the minors at the bar will, in no time, be a team leader,assistant manager or trainer at some local business, supervising people whose family has been in the United States for more the 200 years.

    The SAME PEOPLE that STILL sit on their porch drinking a "40" listening to music blaring out of a clown car parked in front of their house complaining in broken English about how dey be bein held back nnnn shiii… maaaaannnnn….

      • StarlettMiller

        Ummm… I am smart enough to know the difference between "your" and "you're" and "because" and "cause"…

        I guess that makes me that much smarter than you.

        Additionally, you must be one of the layabouts left behind BECAUSE…

        Your family has been here for more than two hundred years yet you still can not speak, write or punctuate English. Then, you wonder why you are left behind and treated differently.

      • StarlettMiller

        Well POO!

        In my amazement at YOUR comment I missed the fact that you got TWO other words wrong as well.
        Your use of the word TO was wrong and the next time you used the word TOO is was wrong as well.

        So… In YOUR eleven word comment calling me dumb you got FOUR words WRONG

  • Jus-Observing

    I've skimmed through the comments and am quite confused on the conversation got diverted to race…but going back to the original issue…if the flyer was for a 13 year old party, where were the adults that threw the party? I'm sure the minors didn't initiate contact with bar for this party. And if who ever wants to argue that the parents were unaware of where their children were, they too should find themselves in court. Seriously! I am a mother of two young children and at no time am I CLUELESS on where my children are ESPECIALLY at 1 IN THE MORNING. I'm sorry but it seems that punishing kids alone is not enough. Think outside the box people and please stop using the race card at time when there is something more serious at hand. We been fighting about race and the intelligence (supposedly) associated with it for years, are you all not tired yet?

    • anon

      I know I'm tired of seeing people use the race card every time an incident happens that involves non-Caucasians! Mention the involvement of ANY other race & people are falling all over themselves to blame race instead of looking at the real issue! The race card is just an excuse for stupidity. People don't commit crimes because of the color of their skin, they commit crimes because they make bad choices. Race has nothing to do with it; they know right from wrong, they just don't care.

    • Michelle

      Actually the mother was unaware of it. The child competes in hispanic beuty pageants and has become verhy known. The dj and the bar threw the party.the father is in another state and not active in her life. The mother works 12-14 hour shift to provide. The child is out of control. She has been put in counseling went and stayed with relatives and nothing has worked. The mother is not to blame here the child is. I know her personally and have tried tohelp but she has no respect for authority. Society is to blame because she has been in bars many times and they do nothing I have tried to help but as ling as society allows it this will continue.

  • Anon

    Who is at fault for minors being in the restaurant/bar? Is it the owner who wasn't present, the manager who was present that night, the bartender, or was it the DJ's at the door checking ID's, handing our wristbands, and letting people in? I don't know how the laws work, but there are a lot of possible people to blame it seems.

  • Your Mom

    Your facebook admin can eat a dick for removing my comments today. Just because i said mexicans like to start drinking when there young. Well it was a latino business right? Fuck you!

    • Gat273

      How long have you spoken English?

      "there " doesn't mean the same as "their"

      You should have also used a big(capitol) I when referring to yourself.

      Please tell me you can pass an English test and these minor errors are the result of you being butt hurt because your silly comments were deleted.

  • stranger

    The lack of knowledge on what happened saturday night is too much …there was an IMPD officer at the door of the place when i dropped of fmy child and her friends there was no sign saying its a bar outside or that they needed ID to get in if in fact it was a ”TAVERN” as my daughters ticket says should of the officer of said something when he saw that the kids werent 21

    • Guest

      Why would you drop your daughter and her friends off somewhere where you apparently have never patronized yourself? If indeed there was an IMPD officer at the door of the establishment, did that not give you pause about dropping these children off at this establishment in the first place? Each time you point the finger at someone else, remember, four fingers are pointing back at YOU.

  • silent

    funny thing that not only latinos we're the only ones at the place, whites and blacks too ! white girls ages 15 , so calm down with the racist BS because clearly you white folks can't keep your kids supervise neither.

  • patron

    This was not a private event first of all. Second of all, its a restaurant with a bar inside, not a bar. The DJs knew this birthday girl was not of legal age and still advertised celebrating her birthday there. I don’t know who initiated contact, but they knew it was not legal. I don’t know who told them it was okay to let in minors, but they knew it was illegal, after all, they wrote 21+ on the flyer. They told people if they didn’t have IDs it was okay and they would let them in anyway because they were the DJs, and had pull at the front door. They ended up being the ones, I believe, “checking” IDs all night.
    Ive been to this establishment a few Friday and Saturday night’s and never saw the owner there, I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t know they were letting in all these kids.
    But for everyone present working there, there was negligence and plain stupidity all around.

  • Anon Ymous

    When we got there, the place was still close. So we decided to wait for someone to open the door. Keep in mind that there are no signs outside of the place that says “Bar 21 & Up” matter of fact. It didn’t even say it was a nightclub in the first place. When the person who had the keys opened the door, He did not ask for NO ID. He just let everybody in. And he knew that there were minors coming in. as were sitting down a man comes by and ask if we had ID and we said no. the man replied “Oh ok, don’t worry. Im just asking for the ones that want to drink” the cops got there around 1:30 asking people for ID, and before you know it. The shut the music off and breathalyzed everyone under 21 as well as gave them tickets. I think its unfair that us minors got tickets due to the fact they let minors in KNOWING there was alocohol without a warning sign to display. IT IS UNFAIR!

    • Anon

      The flyer advertised 21 and up. And you just said they told you there would be alcohol, that should have been a sign to you that something might go wrong. I'm not saying all the blame lies on you, but there were plenty of signs.

      • Anon Ymous

        actually, we didnt know therewas a birthdaty going on there. we just went to meet up some friends and dance. we werent aware of any birthday party til i read this

  • jose

    AHAHAH my was the one who had this party and this happen ^.^ happy AF she got arrested i gotta love life 🙂

  • guest

    I have been to several Latino bars and they have all checked my id and I am 47 yrs old. But very rarely does a white bar check for my id. Even when i was 18 and going to bars.

    I have also been a bartender before and the Indiana law clearly states that a bar can have a private function with minors but all minors have to leave before 8pm and they cannot be served alcohol. If it was a restaurant/bar then the bar has to be in a separate area to allow minors in after 8 pm.. The people at the door, bartender, wait staff, manager and owner should all be sited for serving and allowing minors in.

    As for the parents not knowing where their children were, they should have and should also have to pay a fine. No I didn't know where my children were at all times but if they were not in my house at curfew they knew there would be hell to pay. If the parents did know where they were then they should get into even more trouble.

  • pancho

    this stupid parties but why would the **** u let your kid have a party in a bar when you know she is under age you retard. jajajajajaj

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