The 32-year-old Carlos Club (3278 24th Street), a working class bar near the 24th and Mission BART stop, just had its liquor license suspended indefinitely over charges of profit sharing and illegal solicitation. It turns out owner Carlos Gutierrez hired cocktail waitresses to pressure patrons to buy more drinks, to charge them extra for drinks (probably if they were too drunk to notice), and to buy shots for them, the waitresses, to share — all practices common in Asia and Latin America but which are illegal here.
A year-long investigation by the ABC ended with the bar trying to fend off charges, but the fight ended June 30, as Mission Local reports. This isn’t the first time Gutierrez has been called out for shady practices, either; in 2005 he was accused by a number of immigrant employees for failing to pay them minimum wage, and ended being investigated by the City. The bar property is now, or soon to be, up for grabs.
Sketchy Cocktail Waitressing Brings Carlos Club to an End [Mission Local]