The Boston Licensing Board yesterday ordered a one-day license suspension for Halftime Pizza, 115 Causeway St., for an incident before a Bruins/Canadiens playoff game in which a customer walked out with a partially filled cup of beer - just as a detective from the Boston Police licensing division was walking in.
Owner Rita Pasquale said the man was a Canadiens fan who was probably unaware that, unlike in his country, here in Boston, you can't just walk around outside with an open cup of beer. "I don't think they know better," she said of Canadians at a hearing on Tuesday on the citation she got for "patron leaving premise with alcohol, drinking outside on public sidewalk" and for "failure to supervise entry/exit" on May 10.
She added that her regular pre-game doorman, an experienced, beefy 6'4" guy whom nobody would give any guff to, was off to attend a wedding and that the skinny new guy she told to watch the door just wasn't the right choice for such a critical position on such a busy evening.
At the hearing, board members praised Pasquale for her honesty.