Boston Police say they're determined to end problems by daytime drinkers congregating outside Mattapan Square liquor stores downing the nips and single cans of beer they've just bought, and are now about a month into a crackdown that they say so far is working. Read more.
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A man went up to a table where two women and a man were sitting at Storyville, 90 Exeter St., on the night Feb. 8 and asked one of the women to dance. She refused and the guy responded by punching her in the mouth three times and then ran out, police told the Boston Licensing Board today. Read more.
The Boston Licensing Board is considering rolling back closing time at La Gran Manzana in Central Square and Bohemios and Billares Colombia on Bennington Street from 2 a.m. to 1 a.m. because of repeated problems, including fights, car crashes and OUI arrests in the hour before they now close. Read more.
A February fight that ended with one woman grabbing another in a chokehold and repeatedly punching her at closing time outside CandiBar on Warrenton Street is one of three incidents that prompted owner Charles Delpidio to end a weekly reggae night after just ten weeks. Read more.
A man who tried to break up an argument between his friends and a hulking stranger at Croke Park needed 30 stitches after the guy smashed a beer bottle into the left side of his head, police and the bar's owner told the Boston Licensing Board this morning. Read more.
A man who came under attack by a group of other men outside West End Johnnies, 138 Portland St., was thrown through a bar window into the bar shortly before 2 a.m. on Jan. 28, a Boston Police detective and the bar's attorney said today. Read more.
A week after it got a three-day liquor suspension for letting young'uns buy beer, the Target at 1345 Boylston St. was back before the Boston Licensing Board, this time after BPD detectives found a security guard out of uniform and packing a very visible gun with an expired Boston firearms ID card - and without first notifying the city he would be on duty as required. Read more.
A man who ripped his shirt off as he was being escorted out of a Theater District club and vowed to take care of the guys he'd been arguing with waited around outside - only to find himself beaten to the ground and stomped when they were joined by more men, in an attack that ended only after police sprayed the scrum with pepper spray twice. Read more.
A sushi place in Brighton Center goes before the Boston Licensing Board on Wednesday for permission to let customers bring in their own wine and beer. Read more.
Margaret Pimentel is all set to open her Achilitos Taqueria, in the new building at 38 Hyde Park Ave., where YMAA used to be, but both the mayor's office and the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council asked the Boston Licensing Board today to defer action on her request for a food-serving license until after she can meet with the council to discuss her proposal. Read more.
A man who walked into a Convention Center hotel bar with his shirt covered in a red liquid one February night punched another patron hard enough to knock out one of his teeth and break his nose and the bone around one eye, police say. Read more.
The guy was just not doing well at West End Johnnies on Super Bowl Sunday: The Patriots had lost, the bar wanted him to leave because he'd had too much to drink and then the cops showed up when he refused to leave. Read more.
An investigation into a triple stabbing at the Burger King at 280 West Broadway on Feb 5 has reached a dead end because none of the victims - two of whom initially said they knew their stabber, with whom they'd started an argument - want to cooperate with police, Sgt. Det. Kenneth O'Brien told the Boston Licensing Board at a hearing today. Read more.
The Boston Licensing Board next week hears requests from a brewery that wants to open in Roslindale Square and a convenience store that wants to start selling adult beverages on VFW Parkway. Read more.
Brandon Scruggs, a Lexington patent attorney, was not ashamed to admit today he was in love with a stripper at Centerfolds on Lagrange Street.
But now the Boston Licensing Board, where Scruggs made his public admission this morning, has to decide whether his allegations of illegal dancer touching and heroin use at one of Boston's two remaining strip clubs are valid or whether they're the statements of a bitter, lovelorn man now barred from strip joints across the country. Read more.
A bouncer at Empire, 1 Marina Park Dr., required more than 100 stitches and may have permanently lost vision in one eye after he was attacked by a customer upset at being asked to leave the establishment in January, a BPD detective told the Boston Licensing Board this morning. Read more.
City Councilor Ayanna Pressley (at large) wants to ask the state legislature to give Boston the ability to issue 153 new liquor licenses, mostly in neighborhoods not served by cash-rich outlets of national chain restaurants - and to issue "umbrella" licenses that would allow unlimited numbers of alcohol-serving eateries at really big developments in the city, such as the South Bay Town Center now opening up in Dorchester and the Seaport Square project under development in South Boston. Read more.
After hearing reports of violent closing-time incidents outside a cluster of Bennington Street bars, the Boston Licensing Board said today it would haul the bars in for a hearing to determine what's going on and what to do about it. Read more.
The Baseball Tavern told the Boston Licensing Board today that it will really crack down on underage college students bellying up to its bar after it was caught serving more young people. Read more.
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