The Boston Licensing Board yesterday ordered a Meridian Street Chinese restaurant to shut for seven days after police once again found it serving food after it was supposed to be closed for the night.
The board levied the unusually stiff punishment against Canton Eatery, 339 Meridian St. after a hearing Tuesday at which police responding to neighborhood complaints about disturbances near the place found the place open at 2:20 a.m. on June 17 with customers inside, cooks preparing food in the kitchen and workers taking orders over the phone. The restaurant has a license allowing it to stay open until 2 a.m.
Owner Guangtong Huang said he had two new cooks on that night and they had trouble keeping up with orders and that it would not happen again. Board Chairwoman Nicole Murati Ferrer, however, noted this was the third time in a year Canton Eatery has been before the board for staying open past its legal closing time.
Huang can choose which seven-day period he wants to shut the restaurant.