PITTSBURG — The owner of a sports bar was charged Monday with operating her bar without a liquor license, while the business was supposed to be shuttered under public-safety rules set for the COVID-19 pandemic, authorities said.
Kimberly Dixon, 52, a Pittsburg resident and owner of Skorz Sports Bar, will make her first court appearance on Nov. 6, according to Scott Alonso, a spokesman for the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office. The charges are misdemeanors.
Authorities said the sports bar, in the 3700 block of Railroad Avenue, had already had its liquor license suspended in 2020 over a delinquent tax bill.
“COVID-19 or not, this place was not supposed to be open,” said Alonso. The state and county began issuing rules on public locations like bars in March, ordering many non-essential businesses to close to help cease the spread of the coronavirus.
Undercover agents with the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control department went into the bar on June 11. They found it operating as if it was business as usual, authorities said.
In a statement, District Attorney Diana Becton said her office had received hundreds of complaints about non-essential businesses operating in violation of state and county orders. Alonso said some of those complaints have been about bars, an industry hit hard by the pandemic.
“Our approach has been to see if they will go into compliance,” Alonso said. “Ultimately, an establishment like Skorz where you don’t have an outside and don’t have a real big area — that can be hazardous, because the spread of the virus indoors is so much more prevalent. That’s the danger.”
A bartender at Skorz also was charged with a misdemeanor count for the unlicensed selling of alcohol.