The Boston Licensing Board yesterday ordered Chatime, 33 Harrison Ave., to shut for three days as penance for letting employees take over the place after closing on May 19 for an alcohol-enhanced farewell party for some workers going back to China.
At a hearing earlier this week, a police detective testified that, on entering the place around 12:10 a.m., - more than an hour after its allowed closing time - he spotted several people eating at a table that also had a bottle of Korean rice wine and an almost empty bottle of Jack Daniels. Chatime does not have a liquor license.
An employee assigned to cleaning up the place after the 11 p.m. closing said the partiers actually annoyed him and he had wished they left, but acknowledged he did nothing to make them leave.
A Chatime manager apologized and said workers had been read the riot act. Chatime attorney Dennis Quilty suggested it was just an unfortunate cultural difference between the Chinese workers and our sterner ways with alcohol.
Board Chairwoman Nicole Murati Ferrer, however, tore into the place. She noted the tea place had only opened in November. "This is not the right way to start a business, it really isn't," she told the manager and Quilty.