Restaurant staff urged to attend training |

Restaurant staff urged to attend training

FRISCO – On Tuesday, the Frisco Town Council tabled its decision to approve or deny a change of ownership for a local restaurant.

Hacienda Real, a Mexican restaurant formerly called La Costa Restaurant, applied for a transfer of ownership as required by the State Liquor Licensing Authority. It has been operating on a temporary permit since April, according to Frisco Town Manager Alan Briley.

But the restaurant has received two liquor violations in the past several months – one for serving an underage person and the second because the owners didn’t process the transfer of ownership paperwork in a timely fashion, Town Clerk Jo-Anne Tyson said.

Rather than approving or denying the change of ownership application, council members tabled their decision and, instead, requested that the restaurant’s servers attend a server training program before the council reviews the application again in August.

Frisco Police Chief Tom Wickman said Hacienda Real’s liquor violations are not a regular occurrence and are likely the result of confusion stemming from language barriers.

“I think that came down to understanding English properly,” Wickman said of the violation for serving an underage person.

The Summit Prevention Alliance (SPA) will provide the server training in Spanish – with a Spanish-speaking instructor and Spanish materials, said Beverly Gmerek, SPA community prevention coordinator. The program will review serving laws, proper identification and information to prevent overserving.

“We have plenty of people that speak English fluently that fail compliance checks, so it’s easy to understand that when you add the language issue into the whole mix that it makes things a little bit more confusing,” Gmerek said.

Restaurant owner Luis Flores said Wednesday he felt the council’s decision was fair. Although he understands the laws, some of his servers might not fully comprehend serving requirements, he said.

Restaurants and bars interested in sending their servers to a server training workshop – in English or Spanish – can contact Bev Gmerek at the Summit Prevention Alliance at (970) 668-2077.

Lu Snyder can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or

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