Unruly Red Hen Patron Arrested, Napa Police Say

A 31-year-old Walnut Creek man was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication and resisting a police officer after making himself unwanted at the Red Hen Cantina, according to Napa police. Arrest information does not indicate a conviction.

An evening at the Red Hen Cantina turned into a night in the Napa jail for a far-from-sober 31-year-old Walnut Creek man who resisted all efforts to get him to leave the restaurant, according to a shift activity log from the City of Napa Police Department:

On 09/21/12 about 2038 hours NPD Officers were dispatched to the Red Hen Cantina at 4175 Solano Ave. regarding an unwanted subject.

Upon the Officers arrival, they contacted the suspect, Elliot Galarza 31 years old of Walnut Creek. Galarza was determined to be very intoxicated and was placed under arrest.

Galarza began to resist officers prior to leaving the scene and he was subsequently secured.

After the fracas, Galarza was taken to the Napa County Department of Corrections and booked on suspicion of public intoxication and resisting a police officer, according to the log. Arrest information does not indicate a conviction.

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Unfiltered Steve Simoneau September 22, 2012 at 04:39 PM
If he showed up overly intoxicated and belligerent then the Red Hen did the right thing. If the Red Hen served him an excess of alcohol then the bartender should be fired. Any establishment that serves alcohol has the responsibility to stop serving if a consumer shows signs of intoxication.
Jeffrey Wright September 22, 2012 at 05:05 PM
I don't know if you've ever been to the Red Hen Steve but everyone doesn't sit at the bar so it would be really easy to overindulge while sitting out on the deck . Let's not put all the blame on the bartender because he or she isn't the one delivering drinks outside. So if this individual was over served and I doubt he was it would be the waitress who was at fault now wouldn't it ?
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) September 22, 2012 at 05:25 PM
He may never have gotten served at all, just showed up allegedly plastered from earlier activities. I called him a "patron" in the headline because he was there, but there's no indication that RHC is where he got so allegedly trashed. This is a regular thing in the hospitality business: dealing with people who don't want their party to end.
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau September 22, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Jeff, by "bartender" I mean any employee serving alcohol to patrons. It's actually legally dangerous in CA for an employee or business to over-serve a customer, because if that person leaves and injures themselves or others due to intoxication the business and server can be sued. It is the responsibility of the person delivering the alcohol to look for signs of intoxication and then have the manager inform that person that they will not be served any more alcohol. Ask any reputable food server in the industry. That is likely the situation in the article and the customer became unruly because they wanted more alcohol. And yes, I've made many trips to the Red Hen beginning when it was located at Oak Knoll.
Jennifer Wesley September 22, 2012 at 05:47 PM
The same responsibilities that bartenders and waitstaff have regarding serving alcohol apply to grocery stores, as well. A clerk has the right to refuse an alcohol sale to anyone they feel is showing signs of intoxication. I have refused to sell alcohol many times. Most people get angry, but I don't really care. I'm not about to risk myself or my job selling to someone who has already had enough.
Jeffrey Wright September 22, 2012 at 07:06 PM
I totally agree and understand about the laws here in Ca. on the over-serving of patrons as I used to work in the bar / nightclub industry here in Napa years ago when they actually had Nightclubs and dancing. I have ''cut-off'' many an individual and I might mention that the transition to water or soda was almost never a smooth one to say the least .... Are there still places that people go out dancing here in town ? Iv'e heard that you must obtain a special Cabaret licence if people will be doing any dancing in your establishment .
Belle (Orchid Lady) September 22, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Many times people take turns going inside and ordering drinks from the bar (the service is quicker than waiting for the server to do it) and order two or three drinks for who ever is at their table. Not saying this happened but it's also another possible scenario, to how someone 'get's plastered' and the bartender or service staff, may not have noticed. :)
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau September 22, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Jeff, the new Rocabella in the old Zinsvalley spot downtown has some 'gyrating musical engagement' going on (can't call it dancing in Napa). Owner/Chef Bledi fancies himself as a DJ and installed a DJ booth next to the bar. When he's done in the kitchen he heads to the booth. Try Friday or Saturday for sure, but if you ask him to show you his spin skills he'll fire it up.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) September 22, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Or he might have allegedly walked in and become an alleged problem right away because he'd already allegedly gotten hammered doing something else, and so got served by police instead of RHC.
Belle (Orchid Lady) September 22, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Absolutely Louisa! I have (in my younger days) done that bar hopping thing, that becomes a 'drunken crawl' towards the end of the night. ;)
Jeffrey Wright September 23, 2012 at 04:01 PM
The Napa Register has the address listed as 4100 Soscol ? Mistake or did they open up a second location ?
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) September 23, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Hey Jeffrey, I can't speak for the Daily Voldemort (newspaper management doesn't even want me mentioning its name) but you see the police report above, it is verbatim with nothing changed by me.
Tom Davidson September 23, 2012 at 06:04 PM
If it isn't downtown, the Napa Rag get's themselves very disoriented, Don't worry, though, they won't fix their mistakes. They just attack other people who make mistakes. Part of their quality improvement program-never admitting their mistakes. Actually correcting ALL of their mistakes would be an astronomical workload, but what do you expect for ten bucks a month ? Legitimate news outlet ? Not even close, but a great source of gossip material. I guess you gotta distract your anticipated market towards OTHERS mistakes. I have never seen a correction or a retraction, let alone an apology, from them. Just "This story (sic) has been modifies ince its original posting". The Registered shame of the valley. I can't believe there wasn't an uproar from the rest of the valley when the napa register annexed the rest of the valley into their self-proclaimed title.
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau September 23, 2012 at 06:12 PM
CAUTION: Off-topic comment. With the hiring of younger (i.e. affordable) reporters I can't wait for the Daily Voldemort to publsh things like "The event was you know like way way you know cool and like tons of peeps showed up LOL!"


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