Robert Eringer, a convicted liar who was the subject of a detailed article by Esquire revealing his criminal past, has been embroiled in yet another scandal, this time related to his bar, the Bo Henry’s.
As revealed in the local media Noozhawk, “The liquor license of Bo Henry’s Cocktail Lounge on Santa Barbara’s Westside has been suspended for five days after a minor was allegedly allowed inside the bar. A sign noticing the public of the suspension alleges Bo Henry’s at 1431 San Andres St. violated the state’s Alcohol Beverage Act, forcing the establishment to stop selling alcohol last week.”
Eringer, who claims on one of his blogs that drinking alcohol is a healthy habit, has shamelessly been making money by accepting, even attracting, underage clients.
Indeed, it appears that minors represented a major part of his clientele. One comment by a reader noted the numerous Yelp reviews that exposed the bar’s more than lax carding policies earlier on:
Caroline W. from Santa Barbara wrote on 28 September 2014 that “They let in kids that are possibly not even in their teens, the smell is awful (when dudes spill beer, you’re supposed to wash the floor guys!!!) and the toilets aren’t just a shame (“use the other stall, answered the manager!!! WTF???).”
This blunt but honest comment led to a brutal rebuttal by Eringer who said “Another fake review. We have a strict carding policy: No one under 21 gets in, ever. Also, you don’t wash carpet, you vacuum with powder, which we do every day. Our toilets are fine.”
Well, the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has made its own investigation and it appears that despite the claims of “fake reviews” by Eringer, minors were indeed a common feature of his bar.
To its credit, the ABC was not fooled by Eringer and his repeated attempts to clean his “online reputation”, whether on Yelp or Wikipedia, as it was revealed.
Even more shocking was the attempt by Eringer to put the blame for the events on his underpaid staff, rather than on the owner: himself.
“Our staff (even though they are generally very good at deflecting the under-agers who try to weasel their way into our bar) by losing shifts will learn a lesson about the importance of strictly enforcing the law”, Eringer told Noozhawk.
Nevertheless, we can reveal that a Bo Henry’s employee contacted us, speaking on the condition of anonymity, saying “Eringer made it very clear to us that carding was not a major issue, unlike making money”.
The employee added that Eringer “who lived in Europe for many years doesn’t understand why minors cannot drink, so we just follow his orders”, adding he was “often rude with female employees and most of the time drunk”.
Just how long the ABC will allow the Bo Henry’s to reopen is a key question. In light of such contempt to the law, a definitive closure appears to be a regrettable, but necessary decision.