Neighbors of Guira & Tambora, 4014 Washington St., yesterday asked the Mayor's Office of Consumer Affairs and Licensing to help them with what they said was unbearable conduct of restaurant patrons after closing on Sunday and Monday nights.
Restaurant owner Felipe Duran and his attorney said that while people's behavior once they leave the restaurant is outside their control, they will attempt to have bouncers get customers to leave the area, rather than linger nearby.
Nearby resident Sophia Apostola said she has seen guards after closing in the neighborhood. But rather than trying to shoo customers away, they've joined the impromptu party, going "hey, how you doing?" she said.
Duran, who lives just three blocks away from his restaurant, said he would look into that and would add additional security if necessary.
Apostola and resident Kingsley Odiase told a hearing officer that restaurant patrons have vomited and urinated on people's lawns and frequently have screaming conversations, sometimes with each other across the street, sometimes just on phone calls.
Apostola said she used to complain to people, but now she just dials 911. "I've been threatened by patrons."
Duran's attorney, Matthew Eckel, said his client is taking steps to reduce noise from the restaurant itself, including installation of more noise-resistant windows and a new entry vestibule that should "trap" more noise. Also, Duran is now closing up at 10:45 p.m., rather than his licensed 11 p.m., and has posted signs on the restaurant patio asking patrons to be respectful of neighbors, Eckel said.
The residents emphasized they only have a problem two nights a week, when, they said, Guira & Tambora is turned into "an illegal nightclub."
Duran and Eckel denied the restaurant is run as a nightclub on Sundays and Mondays. "It's a restaurant full time," Eckel said. They did not proffer any possible explanation as to why residents might only have a problem those nights.
Licensing hearing officer Chayla White took no immediate action on the hearing.
WCVB reports one of the posts involved "involved a cartoon man carrying a decapitated head with the caption 'Nat Turner's slave rebellion.' " A police officer now stands guard outside BFD headquarters just in case.
Ally Jarmanning posts a notice she found on her door in Dorchester's Polish Triangle today for a meeting about a film crew that plans to do some filming for an upcoming Showtime series.
Cool, especially since it is NOT about bank-robbing punks. And cool that the producers want to "preserve some of [Dorchester's] most authentic neighborhoods on film, and feature it as a backdrop for our show."
Cool, except SMILF (hmm, wonder what that could stand for?) is supposed to be:
A raw and honest comedic look at a single, 20-something from Southie (Shaw) whose desires for relationships, sex, and a career collide with the realities of young, single motherhood.
But good news, Southie: Rosie O'Donnell plays her Southie mom.
The MBTA has released this video of a new Orange Line train being tested in China. The first cars could arrive here by year's end for months of testing; it will take several years to roll them all out.
After its seventh hearing on an underage person found with alcohol over the past year - compounded by the fact that it was an employee - a co-owner of Agoros Bar and Grill on Chestnut Hill Avenue got a stern message from the chairwoman of the Boston Licensing Board this morning:
"We're putting you on notice," board Chairwoman Christine Pulgini told Dimitrios Liakos. "This is it. This is a disgrace. You've been here seven times. We will roll back your hours [after another citation]."
Agoros currently can stay open until 1 a.m.
The most recent incident came around closing on Sept. 10, when two licensing detectives arrived for an unscheduled inspection - just in time to spot a young man, later IDed as a 20-year-old restaurant employee, BC student and Air Force ROTC cadet - with a beer bottle in his hand.
Liakos and his attorney, Curt Bletzer, acknowledged the faux pas. They said the guy had shown up just to find out when he was working next and, as he was leaving, a friend handed him the beer, they said. Liakos said the kid's been a good worker but said he had no choice but to suspend him from his job for several weeks, especially given the scrutiny the city's been giving the restaurant.
That scrutiny has led to increased tension between Liakos and detectives: Sgt. Det. Robert Mulvey said that during the inspection - in which Agoros was also cited for serving alcohol nine minutes after its official 1 a.m. closing time, Liakos asked him why the detectives were insisting on "busting his balls."
Bletzer apologized for the intemperate language. He acknowledged Agoros has been before the bar far too many times in its one year of operation and that Liakos and his brother, who own the place, have gotten over the painful learning curve of realizing that an upscale pizza place aimed at young urban professionals has particularly exact requirements when it's located in one of the main hangout areas for Boston College students with an intense thirst for alcohol.
Bletzer said that other than the Sept. 10 incident, Agoros has not had any problems with inspections since July. He credited the hiring of older workers with no BC connections and especially with the Liakos brothers' decision to buy an expensive license scanner that he said has finally discouraged underage students from trying to get a beer or cordial.
And he noted that all of the problems have been over underage drinking - not of violence or other problems.
Barely open a year, Agoros has already racked up 13 total days of license suspensions for letting people under 21 get alcoholic drinks - although in one case, two minors denied entrance managed to sneak in anyway.
An MIT fraternity on Bay State Road had to explain itself before the Boston Licensing Board today for an incident last month in which all non-residents were evacuated after police and fire inspectors found too many people inside, a two-story shower-head waterfall was drenching a marble staircase, and a kid popped open a can of Bud Light.
MIT, meanwhile, has put the fraternity, Phi Delta Theta, 97 Bay State Rd., on probation for the rest of the semester for the events of Sept. 3 to recruit potential pledges. Despite that, however, several MIT officials, and a veteran fraternity alumnus attended the hearing to support the frat.
After explaining how wonderful MIT fraternities are - one MIT associate dean testified that, on average, MIT frat boys have exceptionally high GPAs and that MIT frats are "not the stereotype that people often think about" - frat and MIT officials placed the blame for the underage-drinking issue on a party-crashing Harvard freshman.
Somehow, frat and college officials said, the Harvard kid found out about the party and showed up with a can of Bud Light hidden in his clothing. And somehow, despite a frat brother standing outside checking IDs, he got into the frat's first floor - where he popped open the beer just as two Boston Police detectives had arrived on scene after seeing a long line of young-looking people standing outside, officials said.
Phi Delta Theta President Timothee Schoen, while acknowledging the fraternity's "full responsibility," for letting the cross-town frosh get inside, said the kid never got upstairs to where the real party was - and wouldn't have, because another couple of fraternity members were on the first floor doing further ID checks.
The party itself "was completely dry," Schoen said. MIT officials concurred, noting MIT "alcohol compliance" officers paid several visits to the frat that night and found no other problems.
Schoen said the fraternity will be taking additional security measures to make it even harder for Harvard students another people who don't belong to enter the building in the future.
Yes, the fraternity had rigged up a two-story "droplet" shower, lit with strobes, Schoen said. It's important to have something truly exceptional during pledge week, and two members spent several hours making sure it worked perfectly and took steps to minimize splashover.
"I didn't feel like it was dangerous," he said.
Schoen testified after BPD Det. Daniel MacDonald, who told the board that the staircase "waver very slipper, and I did slip going down the stairs."
MIT also differed with police on whether the frat was overcrowded that night. Sgt. Det. Robert Mulvey testified his count showed 116 people inside the frat, far in excess of the 58 residents and guests that are the maximum allowed by its occupancy certificate. After taking his count, Mulvey requested a captain from Boston Fire to arrive; they then ordered everybody who wasn't a resident out of the building.
But an alumnus who sits on the frat's board said the building actually has a capacity of 200 people.
The licensing board decides Thursday what action, if any, to take. Board Chairwoman Christine Pulgini seemed satisfied that the fraternity is working to prevent safety problems in the future: "Hopefully, we'll never see you again and you will graduate with your 3.9 cum or whatever it was and go on to invent great things."