Mimosas may not be on the menu, but they are on the program for the Dec. 17 Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce eye-opener breakfast.
“'Mimosa Gate' & How Your Business Entertains Its Clients, staying within your legal limits" is the first topic to be discussed at the 7-8:30 a.m. event in the Columbus Convention & Trade Center's dining gallery. Admission is $12 for chamber members and $15 for guests.
"Mimosa Gate" is what some call the controversy arising from a Nov. 14 undercover operation in which six Columbus police officers busted a bridal shop for serving tiny champagne and orange juice cocktails.
In the raid carried out by a special operations unit, police confiscated 16 bottles of champagne at Formal Elegance on Veterans Parkway and hauled the owner off in handcuffs, charging she violated a city law that says no one may “possess” alcohol in a business with no alcohol license.
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News of the arrest prompted some businesses to serve no alcohol at holiday parties. Other enterprises once offering complimentary cocktails have cut customers off.
Chamber President Mike Gaymon said the chamber has been getting inquiries from businesses wanting to know just what they can and can't do under the law.