Asked in Gov & Administrative Law and Business Law for Nevada

Q: If I will be serving alcohol in my resto, can non-servers (bussers, kitchen staff) be below 21 years old?

I have a restaurant and I will be serving alcohol soon. I understand that servers or anyone who will be handling the liquor (like bartenders) should be of legal age. How about non-servers like bussers, kitchen staff, and chefs? Do they need to be of legal age? Or can they be below 21 as long as they don't handle the alcohol?

1 Lawyer Answer
Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II

A: Typical lawyer answer: IT DEPENDS. You said the "bussers, kitchen staff and chefs" Are they handling alcohol in the performance of their duties- handling alcohol to be served to customers, not used in food preparation? Many dishes call for alcohol to be added: Bananas Foster, Cherries Jubilee, Madera Chicken, but the food preparer is not usually required to be over 21. You could discuss this with your local Alcohol Beverage Control department- the one that issues you an alcohol license. Bussers, probably no problem, they are just picking up dirty glasses. Chefs? Your chef is under 21? Is this a Carl's Jr.? This is in the area of restaurant licensing/alcohol beverage law, possibly touching on criminal law. You need to consult an attorney in your local area that practices this kind of law. Thank you for using Justia Ask a Lawyer.

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