The South Street Diner used to let anybody use its restrooms, but now limits the facilities to just customers, because of a September tussle between owner Sol Sidell and a pair of recalcitrant women from Brockton.
Siddell had to appear before the Boston Licensing Board yesterday because one of the women told police he choked her and dragged her outside around 3 a.m. on Sept. 2.
With his lawyer by his side, however, Sidell told a different story:
When one of the women asked if she could use a restroom, he agreed, but told her only one person at a time in the small restrooms. When the women went in, then called to her friend to join her - despite what he'd just told her - he had enough. "I told them they had to beat it," he said. When the woman in the can refused - and then spit at him and raised her hands - he said, he put his hand on her shoulder and led her about six feet away, where, he said, a diner security guard took her outside.
He denied choking or dragging her.
Because of the incident, he said, only customers are now allowed relief.
Neither woman attended the hearing. The licensing board decides Thursday what action, if any, to take on the complaint.