By MEGHAN GLOVA
CENTRAL OREGON DAILY NEWS
Complaints from the public and Deschutes County Public Health led to a visit Thursday from the OLCC at Mazatlan Mexican Restaurant in Bend.
“We’re shutting down for a few days just because we got our liquor license warning,” Sara Robles, restaurant manager said. “We’re going to see what our chances are of moving on or it being revoked and taken away from us.”
The business has been offering indoor seating since last Friday.
According to Bryant Haley with the OLCC, the licensees, Mercedes and Salvador Galvan, weren’t aware it was open for indoor dining.
“Seems that the general manager and other employees had been running it unbeknownst to them,” Haley said.
Haley says Galvan came to the restaurant, changed the locks, and wrote a letter to Oregon OSHA saying they closed the restaurant for the time being to sort through what happened.
“The licensee, once he was made aware of the issue, acted with due diligence,” Haley said. “Getting over to Bend and making sure that the operation was compliant with the risk level framework.”
Robles says she will continue to stand up and do what she thinks is right, and encourages other businesses to do the same.
“I would invite small businesses and anyone who wants to stand up, peacefully protest,” Robles said. “I think that this is what it looks like.”
Robles says the business is currently speaking with lawyers about its options.