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State punishes Justice Snow’s for violation

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Justice Snow kicked off its Wine Wednesday special last week. From 5 – 10 p.m. every Wednesday all offseason, customers get half-off wine with any dinner entree excluding the burger.

A sign on the door Monday of a popular downtown Aspen bar and restaurant says its liquor license has been suspended by the state for violating liquor laws.

Michele Kylie, manager and co-owner of Justice Snow's, said the punishment stemmed from an incident in late August when state liquor authorities cited the business for not having hot food available until closing time.

"They're really starting to toughen up on that for the entire town," Kylie said.

And the state is not just talking about snacks, she said. The restaurant must have something hot and substantive to serve by law until the bar closes, she said.

The penalty for the offense is that the business must suspend liquor service for five days, Kylie said. She asked liquor officials to be able to honor commitments in October and allow it to serve its suspension in November, when the business was already planning to be closed for two weeks for maintenance. They agreed.

"We happened to get lucky," Kylie said. "Next time around, we won't be that lucky."

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Aspen City Clerk Linda Manning said the August violation was the second time Justice Snow's violated the food law. The first occurred Feb. 25, she said.