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.

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