At the Maui County Department of Liquor Control, when one door closes, another almost invariably opens. Last month the door closed on Paradice Bluz in Lahaina. This month, one opens for The Blue Lagoon Tropical Bar and Grill, which is right down the street.
The agenda for the upcoming Nov. 8 LC Board of Adjudication hearing lists just two cases, both concern The Blue Lagoon, which hasn’t made a single appearance before the Board in the four years I’ve been covering them.
The first case has just one count of allegedly “allow[ing] the consumption of liquor” by a minor back on Aug. 16, 2006. The second case is also just one count, this time of allegedly serving an already-intoxicated customer in the early morning hours of Aug. 5, 2006.
A conviction on either potentially brings fines of $2,000 or, given the current mood of the Adjudication Board, license suspension. Each also carries a possible “strike,” counting towards future license revocation.
In both cases, owner Seth Bruins is pleading no contest. Bruins didn’t want to comment on the upcoming cases, beyond saying that the was in the process of selling the Blue Lagoon and has “a lot of problems right now.”