Police make last call at bar they say Sandy man was running out of his garage
SANDY — Prosecutors say it's closing time for a man accused of running a neighborhood bar out of his garage — complete with more than 100 bottles of alcohol and a pool table.
Investigators believe Jared Keith Williams, 33, has been serving alcohol to customers at his establishment, the Dog Bar, since 2006. The problem is Williams doesn't have a business or zoning license. He was charged July 17 in Sandy Justice Court with doing business without a license, a class B misdemeanor.
According to a search warrant served on the residence at 449 E. 10375 South in June, investigators found 107 different bottles of alcohol, four 15-packs of beer and an actual bar with bar stools.
"He was well-stocked," said Sandy Police Sgt. Jon Arnold. "He was running a full-service bar."
Arnold said this was more than simply friends getting together after work for a drink or someone throwing a birthday or Super Bowl party and asking for donations.
"It went well beyond that. This was an operating bar where people came that didn't need an occasion, but just needed a place. "This wasn't just a situation where he had a couple of buddies over," Arnold said.
"This was a business he was operating from his garage in a residential neighborhood," he continued. "This wasn't just adults coming and hanging out. Adults can have adult beverages and have fun having a party. But people were coming there for the specific purpose of purchasing alcohol like any alcohol business you can find."
Detectives had heard rumors for years but were never able to pin down anything concrete until a confidential informant and some neighbors stepped forward earlier this year, according to Arnold.
In June, an undercover officer went to the bar and purchased drinks. The bar was identified by a picture of a bulldog drawn on the garage door. Ten to 20 patrons were in the bar that evening, Arnold said.
The informant told the undercover officer he'd been able to purchase "beer, whiskey and most everything else," according to the warrant.
Williams has multiple DUI arrests in addition to assault and disorderly conduct, the search warrant affidavit states. He had a regular day job and ran the bar at night with help from his brother and father, according to police.
A sign that said "bar rules" was one of the items seized by investigators. Arnold did not know Tuesday if the bar owners checked everyone's ID before they entered or if served to anyone under 21.
The bar advertised by word of mouth but wasn't just an "invitation-only" establishment, Arnold said.
"If you knew about it and you knew where to go, you got it. I think it probably started as a smaller situation where he was hanging out with some friends. And to kind of offset the cost of drinking, he probably thought of this idea, and sounds like it's grown from there."
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