The blues really played for Paradice Bluz on Oct. 11. That’s when the Maui County Liquor Control Adjudication Board revoked owner Chris Mahon’s liquor license.
Mahon had to face the music on two separate cases. Both involving alleged over-service. The first trial stemmed from a fight that occurred outside the Lahaina club back last December. The second was the result of someone who drank at the bar and then killed someone in an automobile accident, even though his girlfriend allegedly told bouncers she’d be driving and would take responsibility.
In the first case a guy and his buddy were hanging at home, watching the tube, and making a good dent in a case of Bud Light. Then they hit the bars.
At Paradice Bluz, one of them was apparently too obvious while ogling some guy’s girl. The boyfriend took offence and stood up for the girl. One of the guys took off his shirt, then the owner and a bouncer quickly escorted the offending party outside.
But outside, the tough guys fought, which brought the cops. Result: Paradice Bluz is brought up on charges before the LC. Mahon represented himself, but the board found him guilty of two charges and fined him $4,000.
Highlights of the “trial” included board members asking when “bar time” occurs, what happens when someone mixes Red Bull and vodka, and whether Red Bull and vodka is an alcoholic drink. Listening to the questions, I kept picturing the scene from Good Will Hunting when Ben Affleck sits in for Matt Damon at his big, corporate job interview.
Then, at lunch, Chief Liquor Enforcement Officer Bill Pacheco asked Mahon, owner of Paradice Bluz, to step into his office to talk about the second case. The LC apparently agreed to drop two counts. In exchange, Mahon pleaded no contest to the remaining charge of serving someone who was already under the influence of alcohol.
And that’s when the Adjudication Board revoked his license. A few days after the hearing, Mahon said he would appeal the license revocation.