Restaurant owners arrested on felony charges

GREENFIELD, Ind. - Two Greenfield restaurant owners were arrested Monday after police said they were selling alcoholic beverages without a permit.

Yee Yi Zhao, 51, and Ying Chen Zhao, 42, own Bamboo Gardens Buffet located in the 2100 block of North State Street.

Both suspects were arrested on the preliminary felony charge of maintaining a common nuisance, Indiana State Excise Police Officers said.

Police started investigating the restaurant in February when detectives discovered that alcoholic beverages were being sold without a permit.

Authorities said the restaurant previously had an alcoholic beverage permit until it expired in August 2012. Police said the permit was never renewed and the permit was ruled inactive by the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission.

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