The Boston Licensing Board voted yesterday to roll back the closing time at three liquor-serving establishments in East Boston's Central Square from 2 a.m. to 1 a.m. because of repeated closing-time problems that have included fights and robberies that police said were cause in large part by people rolling into the area for last call after the bars close at 1 in Chelsea, Revere and Winthrop.
The board also ordered that all patrons be out of La Gran Manzana, 22 Central Sq. , Bohemios, 30 Bennington St. and Billares Colombia, 28 Bennington St., by 1 a.m., which effectively forces them to hold last call closer to 12:30 a.m. Bars normally have a 30-minute grace period after their official closing times to get patrons out.
Separately, the board ordered La Gran Manzana shut for 28 days because of a Nov. 12 incident in which the owner was arrested on charges he attacked a woman in the bar - including pulling out some of her hair. At a hearing earlier this week, owner Yoni Hernandez denied attacking the woman and said he barely knew her; in contrast to police reports, in which witnesses and he both identified her as either his girlfriend or ex-wife. The criminal charges were dropped after the woman, a Colombian national, disappeared.
The board actually ordered the bar shut for a total of 38 days, but held 10 days in abeyance for a year as long as it stays out of further trouble.
The bar faces another hearing this Tuesday for a March 26 incident, in which one patron allegedly hit another with a beer bottle.
The board also voted a 10-day license suspension for Bohemios for three citations for a May 7 incident: 1 day for a man putting his arm around a bartender's neck - police said he put her in a chokehold, the woman herself said the man, her boyfriend was merely trying to get her to move from one spot to another - 5 days for having a locked rear exit and alleyway - and 4 days for having a patron still inside at 2:30 a.m.
The board plans to bring a fourth area bar, La Terraza, in for a similar rollback hearing.=