In their ruling, the board determined that in both, the March 25 and Oct. 1 incidents, Moseley’s staff over-served patrons and permitted disorder and an illegality on premise, and permitted a disturbance. The Oct. 1 incident was notable due to a post-event shooting that happened in a nearby parking lot.
It’s four down and one to go for Beverly’s beleaguered private social clubs, according to the Salem News.
The Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission has suspended the liquor licenses of the Italian Community Center and Elks Lodge for violating state gambling laws, adding to earlier suspensions for the Union Club and American Legion.
In its latest decisions, the ABCC suspended the license of the ICC for 20 days, but only 10 days will be served. The Elks Lodge received a five-day suspension, with two days to be served.
Hanover Selectmen suspended the liquor license of the Tedeschi’s on Columbia Road for three days, with two to serve, after the store sold alcohol to three underage teens using a fake out-of-state ID, according to Wicked Local Hanover.
A Hanover police officer saw the three underage men from afar drinking beer in the parking lot of the Tedeschi’s on July 3 at 9:55 p.m. before getting into a car to drive away, according to Hanover Police Chief Walter Sweeney. The officer stopped the car, scanned the ID, which proved it fake, and found a 30-pack of Coors Light and the remainder of the case of beer they had opened in the parking lot.
When the officer brought the ID back to the store, the Tedeschi’s employee told the officer he had checked it, but did not follow company protocol and ask for a second form of ID, despite having a “funny feeling,” Sweeney said.
Framingham Selectmen voted to suspend the liquor license of TGI Friday’s in Framingham for five days in July. The Shoppers World restaurant will not be able to serve alcohol from July 22-26.
The restaurant and the Framingham Police department reached an agreement on a liquor license violation that occurred in December 2014, and asked Selectmen to approve it.
In April, Police came before Selectmen with a recommendation for a 3-day suspension.
A Grafton package store will have its liquor license suspended for one day and two restaurants will receive written warnings after they were caught serving alcohol to an underage man in November, selectmen voted in early January, as reported by the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.
Police Chief Normand A. Crepeau Jr. recommended that Valley Plaza Discount Liquors, 43 Main St., receive a harsher penalty than the two restaurants, Anzio’s Brick Oven Pizza, 135 Westboro Road, and The Grafton Inn, 25 Grafton Common, because the package store manager, Taral Naik, had a license for only five months and should have been more aware of the need to comply with the law.
Cancun Mexican Restaurant, 75 Worcester St., also was caught serving beer to the minor, but its public hearing was postponed to the next meeting.
The Cape Cod Times reports that the Orleans Board of Selectmen ordered a convenience store’s liquor sales license suspended for three days after a police sting caught an employee selling beer to someone under 21.
An employee at the Hess Mart at 401 South Orleans Road on June 20 sold a six-pack of Budweiser Light to an underage person who was cooperating with the police, according to Orleans police Lt. Kevin Higgins.
The severity of the penalty came largely because the town’s liquor stores had been amply warned in advance of an upcoming police sting operation, the four selectmen at the meeting said. Also, the store’s location in a remoter part of town has a record of three or four violations, the selectmen said.
After illegally selling liquor wholesale to establishments in Somerville and surrounding communities, Ball Square Liquors was closed for several days in July, as reported by Somerville Wicked Local.
The state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) ordered the liquor store to serve the mandatory five-day suspension after investigators searched store records and determined last summer that Ball Square Liquors had been illegally selling alcohol to six establishments: The Greek American Social Club and The Demosthenes Greek American Democrat Club in Somerville, Desi Dhaba in Cambridge, Kathmandu Restaurant in Arlington, Kabab Corner in Medford, and Santorini in Revere.
Records show Ball Square Liquors paid the ABCC a $68,323 fee in lieu of an 85-day suspension, but Ball Square Liquors owner Chris Lianos said he couldn’t do anything about the mandatory five-day suspension.
Two Danvers restaurants and one liquor store were caught selling liquor to an underaged “operative,” Police Chief Neil Ouellette told the selectmen at a recent meeting, as reported by the Danvers Herald.
“Unfortunately, I’m a little bit troubled to report that we had three situations of non-compliance where an underage operative was, in fact, served alcohol beverages,” Ouellette said.
The compliance check sting was conducted on Friday, Nov. 29, in the late afternoon and early evening. While the majority of restaurants that serve alcohol and liquor stores in town passed the test, Brutole Restaurant on Route 1 and Hong Kong Café at 12 Maple St. served the young woman a Bud Light. And the woman was able to purchase a bottle of red wine at Merchant Liquor Mart at 88 High St.
The Milford Daily News reports that selectmen are considering implementing stricter penalties for package stores and establishments with pouring licenses caught selling to minors, including requiring a suspension for first-time offenders.
Town Counsel Gerry Moody first brought the issue to selectmen in July while preparing for a hearing at the state’s Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission.
The informal policy of the board on a first offense of a liquor license holder being found serving a minor is only to impose a “warning” to the establishment, Moody said.
The Westfield License Commission handed down suspensions and issued warnings to six businesses with liquor licenses after city police provided testimony of minors being served alcoholic beverages during a sting operation.
The sting was conducted by the Community Policing Bureau of the Westfield Police Department last August under strict guidelines established by the License Commission under state law, Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission (ABCC) and local policies.
The commission handed down the most stringent suspension to Ryan’s Package Store located on Franklin Street because of its recent history. The board voted to impose an eight-day suspension of the license, then modified that suspension.