A popular, well-established Grand Isle business has temporarily lost its liquor license pending the Louisiana Office of the State Fire Marshal's investigation into a huge gathering this past weekend on the island.
Sand Dollar Tiki Bar, located on 158 Sand Dollar Court, is facing the suspension from the Alcohol Tobacco Control (ATC) stemming from public safety violations stemming from a large event held this weekend on Grand Isle.
This past weekend was supposed to be Tarpon Rodeo weekend and once the rodeo was postponed, a concert was scheduled under the pavilion - an event which drew a huge crowd of patrons. The concert was not organized by Sand Dollar, but the Fire Marshal said the business's non-compliance comes in that they were serving alcohol to the patrons and were not making an effort to get them to disperse.
Phase II of Louisiana's re-opening calls for limited crowd sizes, but also limits bars to drive-thru service only.
The story of the concert is murky. Event organizers with the weekend concert say they were given Fire Marshal approval to hold the event, but the Fire Marshal's office told Fox 8 today that they didn't realize the scope of the event when giving it the approval.
Grand Isle Police said they were called, but did not disperse the event because it had the Fire Marshal approval.
Sand Dollar is one of four businesses around the state to have their licenses revoked.
Frosty Factory in Lake Charles, Pelican Pub in Gonzales and Wo-de's Chili Spot in Harvey also had similar violations.