Truer Words Never Spoken – PB Bar and Grill owner shares concernMarch 7, 2010 4 Comments
Roger Lee, General Manager and family member that owns PB Bar and Grill, Tremors and Johnny V in Pacific Beach, when asked about the alcohol beach ban was quoted as saying:
“I understand and appreciate the ban,” he says, “because I have seen firsthand how out of control these beach parties can be. I also know that the problems are made by a few and that, in general, the vast majority are law-abiding people having drinks, having fun, and not causing trouble. It is unfortunate that it only takes a few to ruin it for everyone. Just the other day, I was talking to a customer who called everyone who drank at the beach a ‘trouble-causing hooligan.’ With 5000 people coming through our doors every week, all it takes is a couple people to cause trouble, and everyone is accusing you as a problematic business. The difference is that at the Grill, these disruptive customers are 86’d…”
He adds: “Being drunk in public and causing trouble should have more consequences than going to jail overnight.”
My wonder is why Pacific Beach Bar and Grill, saying that the few are spoiling it for the many, are reported by more than a full-third (33)% of the drivers arrested for drunk driving in an outside study, as the last place they had a drink before they were arrested for drunk driving?
Also, just what trouble does PB Bar and Grill get into? After all Mr. Lee claimed that people “being drunk in public and causing trouble” should have more consequences than going to jail overnight right? What consequences has PB Bar and Grill or it’s owners faced in the last 7 years? Correct me if I’m wrong but, on the ABC website they’re showing a single 45-day suspension, with 30 days stayed, for a 15-day suspension – fourteen years ago, in 1996.
I’ll repeat Mr. Lee’s assertion: It is unfortunate that it only takes a few to ruin it for everyone. Exactly what is PB Bar and Grill doing for the Pacific Beach community other than pointing finger? I’d like to see work – not words.
Source: San Diego ReaderAlcohol Culture in PB, Bars and Restaurants, Business District, Commentary, Drunk Drivers