Does the license specify what action should be taken when the liquor numbers exceed the food numbers? You'd think it would specify something, unless that something is simply losing their liquor license forever. Should they raise liquor prices to decrease liquor sales, or raise food prices to increase food revenues?
I can think of a handful of accounting solutions that would remedy any discrepancy that small.
Is the problem Quinton's greediness or the fact that there are lots of people who either live downtown or travel downtown to take advantage of the 'entertainment district' thing? See a live show at the Orpheum, Majestic, or Bartell? Catch a game at the Kohl Center? Art at the Overture? See your kids at the UW? Fill In The Blank Activity downtown? Would you rather have coffee and tea or pitchers of beer and a shot? The people have spoken, speak, and will continue to speak. The demand for alcohol is high (it's an entertainment district now, not a gentrified slum, deal with it) and if you want that kind of vibrancy, you have to find better ways to deal with the negatives than simply shitting on businesses that benefit from selling booze responsibly.
Personally, I support stronger endorsement of what I like to call 'asshole' laws. When you throw garbage in the street or someone's lawn, scream at random people, pee where you aren't supposed to, start fights or block traffic, penalties should be enforced. Lump in underage drinking, open container stuff, DUIs, DWRs , and other similar things, we could really raise some revenues and some quality of life ratings. But we don't need to make life hard for honest small businesses and residents who don't bow down to the special interest lobbyists (a la CNI).
If you read their press release (http://www.capitolneighborhoods.org/pdf ... AL2008.pdf)
CNI sounds like a bunch of old assholes who bought condos downtown in the last few years and expect the silence of the suburbs and asskissing galore since they paid so much for their condos. It wouldn't surprise me to see CNI turn a blind eye to wine tastings that exceed capacity or an underage attendee at a single-malt scotch event. Or if someone allowed a cigar to be smoked at their favorite indoor public places. Hint hint, motherfuckers. Not all of you are teatotallers and we know what you like.