The Boston Licensing Board today ordered Mary Ann's to shut for two days as punishment for a Nov. 14 police inspection that found six underage customers with beers in their possession.
At a hearing on Tuesday, Sgt. Det. Robert Mulvey said he and his partner immediately noticed "several small groups of patrons" who appeared to be too young to be quaffing suds legally.
Sure enough, he said, six of the customers were 20 and in possession of forged licenses from other states. One had a can of Naragansett, another was caught with a Yuengling, another with a Pabst Blue Ribbon, another with a Bud Light and one with a Coors Light. He did not specify the brand preferred by the sixth underage drinker.
The bar's attorney, David Eisenstadt, argued the board did everything it could to prevent this kind of thing from happening: Not only did he eye the customers, he ran their purported licenses through a license scanner and they all passed. Police say license counterfeiters keep getting better.
But Mulvey said the bar needs to do something: "There's no question they need to have a more vigilant doorman, because the kids are getting in here."