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History of violations at bar TPD busted

15 citations from AZ Liquor Dept from 2014 to 2016
Posted at 8:10 PM, Jan 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-16 22:10:47-05

TUCSON, Ariz. - It was a bar bust that showed some of the trouble served up with Tucson's downtown awakening.

A look at records from the Arizona Department of Liquor shows Hi Fi Kitchen and Cocktails violation records with state liquor regulators.

It's not unusual for the Arizona Department of Liquor to slap a bar with a violation of some sort. But Liquor Board records show a long list of citations against Hi Fi Kitchen and Cocktails.

Tucson Police working to stop drunken fights in the downtown area ended up at Hi Fi Kitchen and Cocktails.

They busted customer Eddie Leyvas and bar security guard Ashton Carrizoza on felony charges of selling cocaine, busted bartender Pablo Crany for three misdemeanor counts of serving too much alcohol, and charged bartender Amber Dietz for one count of overserving.

Announcing the arrests Tucson Police Chief Christopher Magnus warned restaurants and bars they need to keep things orderly---and legal.

"Going forward it's not something that we're gonna be tolerant in any way of.">

Liquor Board investigators hit Hi Fi Kitchen and Cocktails with a variety of violations over the years.

The agency's website showed 15 violations between 2014 and 2016 but no citations after 2016. Citations included three counts of repeated acts of violence, two counts of failure to report acts of violence, two counts of failure to protect the safety of patrons, failure to remove a disorderly person, one count of drinking contests and selling to someone underaged.

We saw nothing to show the bar license was suspended for any of the citations. Most are marked completed. One citation for repeated acts of violence show the bar paid a fine.