Restaurant owner arrested after illegal booze bust
SEATTLE -- A popular West Seattle Mexican restaurant is known for affordable drinks, but police say the alcohol may have been stolen.
The King County Sheriff's Office said it worked with the Liquor Control Board on a bust at the Puerto Vallarta Mexican restaurant on California Avenue Thursday morning.
A spokesperson said the 46-year old owner was booked into County jail for investigation of trafficking in stolen property and organized retail theft. He has not been charged.
Police believe the restaurant bought stolen alcohol and then served it at Puerto Vallarta.
Long-time patrons came by the dozen to find locked doors. Paul Seecrest was stunned.
"We know the owners. They're great people. I couldn't imagine anything going wrong here," he said.
Seecrest said the restaurant is an anchor of The Junction and holds a special place in his heart.
"My wife and I had our rehearsal dinner for our wedding here. So we have all kinds of great memories here," he said.
The owner is likely to have his first court appearance on Friday morning.