The Boston Licensing Board voted yesterday to suspend the liquor license of the Breezeway, 153 Blue Hill Ave., for two weeks for an April 4 mini-riot that left two cops surrounded by an angry mob before reinforcements could arrive.
At a hearing on Tuesday, board Chairman Daniel Pokaski told owner Christ Stamatos he was sick of Stamatos's inability to control closing-time crowds and told him he was lucky the April 4 brawl didn't result in any serious injuries. As it was, one police officer had to give up trying to arrest one alleged troublemaker when the crowd surrounded him.
The board did not set a specific date for the punishment to begin. Stamatos can appeal the decision to the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission.
The Tuesday hearing was the third in as many weeks for various infractions at the bar, which seems to have become more of a Blue Hill Avenue trouble spot after the board rolled back the hours at the nearby Packy Connors following a quadruple shooting outside that bar.
At a hearing on a November fight between two gang members who bumped into each other inside the bar, a BPD sergeant said the troublemakers who used to hang out at Packy Connors had shifted to the Breezeway and other locations.
In addition to owning the bar, Stamatos specializes in buying up foreclosed apartments.