Beer-drinking off-duty cop and pals help get Newbury Street bar in trouble
A Boston cop who just didn't want to leave Daisy Buchanan's at closing time on June 3 - and who ordered a round of beers for himself and two friends nearly an hour later - earned the restaurant a trip to the Boston Licensing Board today, because two on-duty police detectives spotted the trio drinking their beers.
Owner Joseph Cimino apologized to the licensing board this morning. He said he realizes he should have kicked the trio out at 2, but that he felt "a little uncomfortable" because at least one, whom he said he knew, was a cop.
Cimino said the three came in a few minutes before the bar's legal closing time of 2 a.m. and asked if there was enough time for a drink. Cimino said sure and the three sidled up to the bar for Bud Lights. And then stayed and nursed their beers as workers cleaned up the place until almost 2:50 a.m., when Cimino decided to call it a night: He told everybody "it's all over," instructed the bartender to "wrap it up" - and then left.
Instead of leaving when he did, however, the off-duty cop asked for another round of beers, telling the bartender, "Joe wouldn't mind," Cimino said. About five minutes after that, detectives William Gallagher and Robert Mulvey, on routine patrol of Back Bay restaurants and clubs with liquor licenses, looked inside just as the bartender was handing them the beers. They then saw the three take drinks from the bottles, at which point they entered and issued a citation for letting patrons consume alcohol after closing time.
Cimino did not identify the cop; neither did Gallagher, who gave a report on the incident to the board.
Separately, Cimino also apologized to the bar for operating a four-table patio outside without a board license. Cimino said one of his staffers was supposed to apply for a permit for the patio last year, but never did, which he didn't realize until he got a citation.
The board decides Thursday what action, if any, to take on the two issues.