Ocala Bar Facing Underage Drinking Charges
Makos Bay Club and Grill on Southwest Tenth Street may be forced to appear before Ocala City Council after an undercover operation found the restarant in violation of the Under-21 Drinking Ordinance but the club's owner thinks he has a good explanation.
The Ocala Police Department sent underage people into Makos to see if they could get served alcohol. The waitress served beer to an underage patron. A waitress and the manager were given notices to appear in front of a judge.
The group also noticed the staff at Makos changing the bar into a nightclub. Under a new restriction to the ordinance, an establishment can not be a restarant during the day but a nightclub at night. As of Monday, Makos is now a nightclub to the Ocala Police Department and nobody under-21 can enter at any time without a guardian.
Makos owner, Bobby Tillander, had an explanation for both offenses.
He said the waitress that served the underage person had just begun training.
He also says his club always changes the dance floor around at night but within the restrictions of the ordinance. He says it was a miscommunication.
By Greg Bilazarian, WCJB TV 20 News.
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