Drug Rink Discovered At SF Bar


SAN FRANCISCO—The Playland, a fixture of the Polk Street bar scene in San Francisco, has had its liquor license suspended following the discovery that a bartender was negotiating drug sales on the premises.

The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control announced the suspension following a three-month undercover investigation from March to June 2014. Undercover operatives have stated that during this time, bar officials permitted the sale of cocaine and marijuana to customers.

The bar’s liquor license will be suspended for 30 days.

Gabriel Rizzo, of San Francisco, was the 30-year-old bartender in question. A warrant for his arrest was issued in September following the ABC investigation.

“He allegedly sold cocaine and marijuana to undercover agents, but it looks like the charge on here was for marijuana,” said ABC spokesman John Carr.

Following the 30-day suspension of liquor sales, the business will serve a two-year suspension in which the ABC can permanently pull the bar’s liquor licenses should further offenses occur.