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.
"I don't need that money," not when customers' "lack of respect" was putting his license at jeopardy, Delpidio told the Boston Licensing Board this morning.
Delpidio said the weekly Thursday-night sessions always went fine until closing, when customers would congregate outside, refuse to leave and cause trouble. Delpidio was before the board a couple of weeks ago for another Thursday-night incident and faces a third hearing on another.
On Feb. 23, police said, several woman got into a fight at closing time, "screaming and hitting each other." The two who wound up in a clinch had an on-going feud, police said.
Delpidio said his staff tries to get people to move along as the night ends at 2 a.m., but some people just refuse to move. He said his problem is compounded by the fact he's across the street from a garage used by patrons of other clubs, who have similar issues not wanting the night to end.