Two Trumbull restaurants charged with underage liquor sales

Two Trumbull restaurants have failed a routine liquor compliance check conducted by the state's Department of Consumer Protection and the Trumbull police.

According to the department's Liquor Control Division, 12 Trumbull establishments were tested for compliance with state law by trained minors working in conjunction with the Trumbull police. Old Towne Restaurant and Pizza and Ten Asian Bistro allegedly failed the test by selling alcohol to a minor.

"Compliance operations are consistently useful in helping us identify licensed or permitted locations that are selling alcoholic beverages to minors," Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein said. "Our goal is to find businesses that sell to minors and bring them into compliance with state liquor laws."

Rubenstein said the minors who helped conduct the compliance check had received training from the department and that if they were asked for identification or for their age, they were required to hand over their real ID and tell their true age.

These establishments are charged with selling liquor to a minor and will be scheduled for an administrative hearing before the Liquor Control Commission, at which time each will have the opportunity to address the charges.