DRAIN, Ore. — The operators of a topless bar in the little Douglas County town of Drain were arrested over the weekend for allegedly serving alcohol even though the bar's liquor license had been revoked.
According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies learned just before 3:30 a.m. on Saturday morning that the Top of the Bowl strip club had been serving alcohol without a license.
Top of the Bowl got into hot water with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) in the fall of 2020, when the agency pulled the bar's liquor license for allegedly violating coronavirus restrictions. Though the owners were able to negotiate a 50-day suspension with the OLCC, they ran afoul of the agency again almost immediately after the suspension ended, ultimately surrendering their license.
"Oregon law specifically outlines illegal sales of alcohol, including membership fees, without a license," the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said.
Deputies said that they went to the strip club on Saturday and spoke to manager Richard Morin and Jamie Hennricks, the owner and bartender. Once there, deputies saw that alcohol was being served in exchange for "tips/donations," with the bar allegedly providing a "suggested" amount. Officers seized the alcohol that they found.
Morin and Hennricks were arrested and lodged at the Douglas County Jail on charges for Mixing, Storing or Serving Liquor Without A License, a class-A misdemeanor.