Peabody Cracks Down on Liquor Violators

The Salem News reports that the Peabody Licensing Board has suspended the liquor license of the strip club, the Cabaret Lounge on Route 1 after the club was caught serving alcohol to minors in a May 23 police sting.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Licensing Board Chairman Minas Dakos. “People are not being vigilant enough.”

The Cabaret violation came close on the heels of a previous one, Dakos said. He was surprised by the violation, he told the Salem News, “because they do run a tight ship.”

Carrabba’s Italian Grill, in a similar position with a previous violation, also had its license suspended for three days. At the request of Carrabba’s, the dates were set as July 3, 4 and 5. Two supervisors and the server were fired in the wake of the sting, Carrabba’s told the Peabody board.

“We did get the impression he took this seriously,” board member Chuck Holden said.

Area restaurants and bars can expect multiple stings in the future, Holden said. Both state and local authorities are currently conducting them.

Frank Martino’s Pizzeria, Yummi Sushi and Royal Garden, all on Route 1, and Maki Sushi on Main Street, none with previous violations, were given warnings.

The board also issued a three-day suspension, July 2, 3 and 4, to Toscana’s Restaurant and Cafe on Bourbon Street as a result of a sting on April 23.