It could have been the first time in memory that a restaurant lost its license to serve booze, but the Town of Jackson granted a reprieve and the town suggested an educational program for license holders to teach the basics of what’s allowed for operation of a restaurant license
In February, the Town Clerk became aware that Lotus was advertising itself as a bar in various media and was operating between 10pm and 2am. The town sent a letter to the owners of Lotus advising them of the violation. Then the town received a complaint that Lotus was hosting parties with a DJ and collecting a cover charge to enter the restaurant and another notice was sent.
Another complaint and a police investigation that included body-camera video took place Saturday night, March 25, 2017 at the Lotus restaurant. A clear violation of Town and State liquor laws has taken place, based on the police report and the town held a meeting with the owner on Wednesday March 29 to discuss the problem.
But then On March 30, a posting on Facebook, spotted by town staff, for a dance party planned to be held at Lotus on April 8 from 10pm to 1:30am.
Lotus owner Amy Young appeared before the council last night explaining her case of misinterpretation, pre-booked advertising, and the like , and said she never intended to put the restaurant in peril.