The Boston Licensing Board yesterday warned the owner of La Chiva, 259 Bennington St. that he needs to step up his game and stop letting customers bring in beers to enjoy on its outside patio, since he doesn't have an alcohol license.
The board's formal written warning comes after a hearing Tuesday on an incident shortly before 10:30 p.m. on July 9, in which BPD licensing detectives, acting on neighbors' complaints about "disruptive behavior affecting the quality of life of neighbors," quality-of-life issues, paid the Colombian restaurant a visit and found a woman on the patio with an open bottle of beer.
Owner Rodrigo Angulo apologized for the incident. He said he has a hard time sometimes keeping people from bringing their own beer onto the patio, especially after nearby bars close at 2 a.m. and their patrons head to La Chiva.
At both the Tuesday meeting and its meeting yesterday, board Chairwoman Kathleen Joyce said that doesn't matter - the restaurant is responsible for keeping its patio alcohol free no matter where the patrons are getting their alcohol. "You have to do more than just try your best," she told Angulo.
The restaurant has a rare 24-hour license, although it's only open until 3 a.m. - which is itself rare in Boston.