UPDATE, 5:15 p.m.:

Blondies owner Johanna Nagan called to say Blondies remains open and has some live events coming up, including a goodbye party before new owners take over the place.

That event will take place on Saturday, Jan. 27, with the Marching Lumberjacks playing the next day (Sunday, Jan. 28) at 1 p.m. followed by jazz later that evening.


Blondies Food and Drink in Arcata. | Photos courtesy Michelle Heim.


Blondies Food and Drink, a popular northern-Arcata spot for thirsty college students, trivia fans, live music aficionados and various styles of tater tots, has had its alcoholic beverage licenses suspended by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC).

The 15-day suspension, which went into effect on Thursday and will expire Feb. 1, comes more than 10 months after the alleged violation, on Saint Patrick’s Day last year.

That’s when an employee was caught serving alcohol to an underage patron who was secretly in cahoots with ABC as part of the agency’s Minor Decoy Program, according to an ABC spokesperson.

The spokesperson added that the owners of Blondies engaged in the official appeals process for the alleged violation but ultimately decided to endure the suspension.

The business has been for sale for since at least September, according to an Instagram post, which reads, in part, “We are excited for our new journey and opportunity that we have started …  but sad that we can’t do it all, and have come to terms that we have to let go of our first baby.”

A call to the business went unanswered and a voicemail left for the owner around noon was not immediately returned.