Coeur d'Alene Resort goes dry for next five days

Author: Ian Cull, KXLY4 Multimedia Journalist, ianc@kxly.com
Published On: Jan 02 2014 05:49:31 PM PST   Updated On: Jan 02 2014 06:21:37 PM PST
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

You can't buy drinks at the Coeur d'Alene Resort for the next five days. The Idaho State Police confirmed the hotel and its restaurants won't be serving liquor this weekend because of an alcohol violation last year.

Thursday was a wet, dreary day in the Lake City, the day before the Coeur d'Alene Resort goes dry. Its liquor license has been suspended for five days following an incident from last April. ISP reports one of their minors working undercover was able to purchase a drink at Splash at the resort.

The bartender was hit with a criminal citation and now the resort will have it's liquor license suspended. Investigators say serving alcohol to minors could carry a 30-day suspension but the resort showed they've worked to prevent this sort of thing. They paid a fine and the suspension was reduced to five days.

Jerry Jaeger, president of Hagadone Hospitality, which runs the resort, said they fired both the bartender and the doorman after that incident.

"We've got a sterling record through all of our operations in the state, but we flubbed up here and have to pay the price. It's very costly to the company and it's going to furlough a large number of employees that don't deserve it," Jaeger said.

Jaeger added it's the first time the resort's been hit with a suspension like this in the 50 years he's worked there, something investigators confirmed as well.

This weekend you won't find one drop of alcohol sold in the Coeur d'Alene Resort; that includes restaurants and room service. Both Beverly's and Whispers are closed for the weekend and one event scheduled for this weekend has been moved to an event center at the golf course.

The resort will once again be able to serve liquor on January 8.