"I'm happy to cooperate," Galway said. "I didn't sell bootlegged beer. I want to have this matter resolved."
Last week, telephone calls to the bar went unanswered and its mailbox was full. A woman listed on the search warrant did not return calls. A reporter also visited the bar after 4 p.m. when it was slated to open, but no one was on site, according to a Salt Lake Tribune story on July 26.
"I'm not always here right at 4 p.m.," said Galway. "We're a small neighborhood bar I also have a day job."
Bar hours typically are 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. daily.
The covert operation was conducted to determine whether The Spot had sold "unauthorized" beer, from a list provided by a rival bar owner, according to a court affidavit.
All bars and eateries are required to purchase alcoholic beverages from state liquor stores or licensed individuals such as beer wholesalers, at the same price that consumers pay.
Violations for selling unauthorized beer are considered "grave" and subject to possible license suspension or revocation and fines from $1,000 to $25,000.
The Spot bar
Where • 870 S. Main St., Salt Lake City
Hours • 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Sunday
What • Casual, low-key neighborhood bar serving drinks and food