The owner of Delicias Dominicanas, 635 Hyde Park Ave., vowed this morning to avoid a repeat of a late-night November incident in which Boston Police detectives found karaoke booming out of the place at levels far higher than allowed by city code.
At a hearing this morning, Sgt. Det. Robert Mulvey told Boston Licensing Director Christine Pulgini that as he and his partner arrived at the restaurant for a routine inspection around 11:30 p.m. on Nov. 19, they noticed loud karaoke even before they got to the door.
Using a sound meter, Mulvey say, he recorded readings of between 75 and 80 db - far, far higher than the 50 dB that is the maximum allowed outside after 11 p.m. under a city noise ordinance.
Restaurant attorney Carolyn Conway acknowledged the problem and said it wouldn't happen again - employees will keep the volume down. "We don't want to become anything other than what they are now - which is an integral part of the neighborhood," she said.
Pulgini said that's a good thing, since neighbors raised noise issues when the restaurant first applied for an entertainment license.