Police check bars and restaurants in 43 division

Local bars and restaurants have been charged following 32 unannounced premises checks by 43 Division police.
The project, which concluded on Oct. 8, saw officers of the Major Crime Unit, in conjunction with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission, visit venues across southeast Scarborough searching for licence violations.

Some restaurant owners welcomed the initiative.
“It’s good for every restaurant,” said Randy Zhang, owner of Ted’s Restaurant at 404 Old Kingston Road in Highland Creek.

“You don’t want people to get drunk and stuff like that.”

The police did not check Ted’s during this project but Zhang said he’s never had any

“It’s a family restaurant here,” he said.

Charges laid during the project include overcrowding, blocking emergency exits, unsanitary conditions, permitting the removal of liquor, allowing customers to smoke tobacco and permitting the use of marijuana.

Officers from 43 Division did not return calls seeking comment.