WORCESTER, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- A local Chinese food restaurant was the target of an underage drinking investigation on Friday that found more than a dozen minors drinking alcohol.
Worcester police received tips that minors were being served alcohol at Food Works, and on Friday, two plainclothes officers and two members of the Alcohol Beverages Control Commission went to the restaurant for observation.
Officers noticed that in the dining room, there were multiple tables of people who looked to be younger than 21 years old being served alcohol by employees who were rarely asking for identification.
After requesting backup, the Worcester officers identified themselves and asked everyone who appeared to be younger than 21 for identification. In total, 11 people were arrested and two juveniles were released to their parents and will be summonsed to face charges in juvenile court.
Each person was charged with being a minor in possession of alcohol and will be arraigned at the Worcester County District Courthouse.
Of the 40 people in the dining room, only five were 21 or older, police said.
The 11 people who were arrested ranged from 18 to 20 years old, and were from Worcester, Sutton and Millbury.
The restaurant's owner, who police also observed serving alcohol to underage patrons, received numerous violations and will appear before an ABCC hearing in Boston.