The state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission voted last week to indefinitely suspend the liquor license of a Weymouth bar where inspectors say they found an unmasked bartender, customers swigging liquor without food and an owner whom inspectors said told them that coronavirus "is a bunch of bullshit" and "that no government is going to tell me how to run my business."
Current state Covid-19 regulations prohibit patrons from sitting at the bar at all, ban patrons from getting drinks without food and require employees to wear masks at all times, and patrons to wear them while not sitting at a table. According to a report by two ABCC inspectors, however, when they popped into KC's Pub and Grill on Washington Street on Aug. 14, they found numerous violations of the emergency Covid-19 regulations, including patrons sitting inside with just drinks and maskless patrons wandering into the bar area from an outdoor smoking area - where they'd been consuming drinks with no evidence of food present.
The inspectors wrote that when they found owner Nick Akoury, he acknowledged some violations, but added;
"I think coronavirus is a bunch of bullshit. I thought we were past all this? I stopped watching the news a long time ago, to be hones I think it's all bullshit."
Mr. Akoury further stated to investigators, "No government is going to tell me how to run my business."
At a Sept. 1 hearing, the commission writes, Akoury said he started out following the state bar requirements but at some point just gave up. In its ruling, issued Sept. 4, the commission said it would consider giving him the license back if he can provide, in writing, proof of "good cause" that he will abide by the rules again - which will need to include submission of a detailed Covid-19 re-opening plan to the state Department of Labor Standards.
Commission ruling and report.