A SOUTH JERSEY bar's alcohol license has been suspended after the business hired a 17-year-old girl to strip for customers and served her alcohol, authorities said.
The Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control said the license for Park Place Bar and Grill in National Park, Gloucester County, will be suspended for 50 days for the February 2011 incident.
When Alcoholic Beverage Control investigators visited the bar, they found the girl being served Long Island Iced Tea, Bay Breeze cocktails and other mixed drinks.
A bartender told investigators that bar managers instructed staff to give the girl alcohol to "loosen her up" so she not only could socialize with customers but also strip for them, the Division Alcoholic Beverage Control said.
"This case was particularly troubling because the licensee used alcohol to exploit a minor for financial gain," Alcoholic Beverage Control director Michael Halfacre said in a statement. "This was an egregious abuse of the privilege to sell alcohol."
Park Place part-owner Donald Rossiter Jr. and his father, Donald Rossiter Sr., who has a management role at the bar, were charged with serving alcohol to an underage person. Bartender Melissa Armstrong also was charged. The girl, who was not identified, was charged with drinking alcohol underage.
A phone number for the bar was no longer in service.