Three businesses in downtown Orlando lost their liquor license (singular) last week.
The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation filed for the emergency suspension of the liquor license owned by Mathers LLC and Dobson Family Trust, which covered the building of 69 E. Pine Street [GMap]. The license was in fact shared by two other businesses in the building; Joysticks Arcade Lounge and Retro Bar (Website), and Shots Orlando (Website).
While both Shots Orlando and Mathers have Permanent Food Service permits and have been allowed to be open for business, Joysticks has been closed during the pandemic, under CDC guidelines.
The citation paperwork states that the Suspended Licensee was open and operating in violation to the terms of Governor DeSantis’s Phase Two, Executive Order 20-139. More specifically, there were patrons being served at the bar that were not social distancing and that distancing wasn’t being enforced with guests seated at tables instead of standing.
All three bars, while independently owned, shared the same liquor license. The actual offending venue was not named on the citation document, but all three are affected by the ramifications. We reached out to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation for more information but never heard back.
Shots Orlando is listed for having been cited for lack of enforcement of CDC guidelines on June 26.