Norwalk bar will not reopen

Fairfield University reimbursed as part of deal on underaged drinking raid

A Norwalk bar in which more 100 underaged drinkers — mainly students from Fairfield University — were caught last spring will not reopen.

The Department of Consumer Protection Monday announced a settlement with the owners of Johnny Utah’s following an investigation into to April incident.

The establishment’s permit was suspended on April 20, and will remain suspended through July 18, at which time its permit will be canceled.  The ownership has paid a $20,000 fine, and has agreed to reimburse the Norwalk Police Department for $3,912.74, which represents the spent police resources for April 19 and 20. The owners have also agreed to reimburse Fairfield University for the use of the private bus service and for university safety officers on April 20.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Chief Thomas Kulhawik and the men and women of the Norwalk Police Department for their continued efforts to provide a safe environment for their residents and visitors,” said Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull, “Our collaboration with local police is essential to protecting public health and safety in our state, and I am proud of the work we do together.”

On April 19 at 11:45 p.m., Norwalk Police and the Department of Consumer Protection Liquor Control Division conducted an inspection of Johnny Utah’s. More than 100 underage patrons, mainly students from Fairfield University, were found in the bar. Many of those patrons were in possession of alcohol, according to the DCP.

Assistance was sought from the midnight shift police officers, an ambulance from the Norwalk Hospital, and public safety officers from Fairfield University.

A local bus company was hired and transported the Fairfield University students, under the control of the Fairfield University safety officers, back to their campus.

On April 20, DCP Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull issued a summary suspension, whSet featured imageich immediately closed the premises.

A copy of the settlement agreement can be found here and a copy of the summary suspension can be found here.

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