Four Businesses Fail Wine Walk Alcohol Compliance Sting

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email

RENO, NV - Members of the Regional Street Enforcement Team (SET) conducted an underage compliance operation during this weekend’s River Walk District’s Wine Walk.

The operation was funded with federal grant funds secured by Join Together Northern Nevada (JTNN).

Three underage volunteers/decoys, ages 19, 19 and 20, participated with the operation. Police say in all instances, the volunteers provided their true state issued identifications for age verification, if asked.

The underage decoys were sold the official wine glass, map, wrist band, and hand stamp at one of the participating venues.

The underage decoys visited 22 participating businesses and were served alcohol at four of those businesses, including the business which sold the underage volunteers the glass, map, wristband, and hand stamp.

In addition to the participating Wine Walk businesses, the underage volunteers attempted to purchase alcohol at an additional eight downtown businesses. All eight of those businesses passed the compliance check.

Police say the following businesses failed the operation by serving alcohol to underage volunteer(s):

-Reno eNVy, 135 North Sierra Street
-Silver Peak Grill and Taproom, 135 N. Sierra Street
-Niko’s Greek Kitchen, 148 West Street
-La Terre Verte, 11 N. Sierra Street #11

The employee serving the alcohol at rach failing business received a citation for selling/furnishing alcohol to a minor. The criminal penalty for serving alcohol to a minor is a misdemeanor which consists of a set fine of $500.

The Regional Street Enforcement team is comprised of detectives from the Reno Police Department, Sparks Police Department and Washoe County Sheriff’s Office.


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