Green River temporarily shuts restaurant to children

A liquor license mix-up has forced Green River to close its restaurant and taproom to those who are under the age of 21.

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The owners of the Green River Brewery & Taproom said a liquor license mix-up is to blame for the establishment suddenly shutting its doors to members of the public who are not yet 21 years of age.

In a press release sent to the Express last week, Green River’s owners said it assumed it had a license to serve members of the general public when a liquor license transferred over from the restaurant’s previous owners.

Green River, which lists a Winters address, is located just across the county line in neighboring Solano County. An audit by Solano County officials revealed that Green River possessed a Type 48 license, which allows it to operate as a bar or nightclub provided it cards patrons and refuses entry to those under the age of 21.

The restaurant has since applied for the correct license — a Type 47 — which will allow for it to one again serve members of the general public. In the meantime, Green River will continue operating as a 21-and-over restaurant and taproom while their license application is being processed, which can take as long as two months.

It’s our number one goal to get the correct license in effect so we can welcome all ages inside our restaurant,” restaurant co-owner John Neil said in the release. “We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused our customers.”

In addition to the modification at the restaurant, Green River said alcoholic beverages can no longer be sold or possessed in Green River Park outside of 19 previously-approved events, but the park remains open to all ages and adults over the age of 21 can order food inside the restaurant and bring it to others at the park, Green River said.

When the correct license is processed and approved, Green River says it will re-open the restaurant to all patrons with a limited-time special that will allow children to eat for free.

Disclosure: An Express staffer who provides marketing services to Green River was involved in the creation and distribution of the press release, but was not involved in the reporting of this story.]]>

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