Troublesome Allston club is closed for good after latest gun incident outside, owner says
Gunfire rang out outside Garage, 20 Linden St., early on April 20, just hours after the chairwoman of the Boston Licensing Board had given her OK for the place to re-open for the first time since a double shooting in the club parking lot last November.
Club owner Alex Matov told the board yesterday he's closing Garage for good and will let the space sit vacant until the building is razed to make way for a new residential complex - one that he is a partner in. The BPDA and the Zoning Board of Appeal approved the proposed 349-unit, three-building project last year.
That's probably just as well for licensing-board members, who raked Matov over the coals at a hearing yesterday. They said they were outraged that after Matov agreed last month to have somebody available 24/7 to answer board or police questions about issues at the club, they could not find anybody until the next day to ask about what happened around 2:38 a.m. on April 30, when neighbors reported hearing at least one shot, a man jumping into an older silver Nissan and then yelling "get the fuck outta here!" as club security rushed around getting people to leave the club parking lot.
A BPD detective told the board that, as of the hearing, in fact, he had still not gotten a copy of video from the club's surveillance cameras.
"It's infuriating to me as chair that you did not cooperate with Boston Police," board Chairwoman Kathleen Joyce told Matov, noting that on April 19, she spent an hour at the club with club managers and police, checking out security cameras and going over final security plans to prevent a recurrence of a double shooting on Nov. 15. After that shooting, Matov closed the club to hire new staff; at a hearing in January, police complained club workers refused to cooperate with their investigation. Ensuring that club workers would provide assistance - and surveillance video - to police was a key topic at a followup hearing last month, when Matov sought permission to re-open.
As he did at last month's hearing, Matov apologized. He said he did not know why the guy he's long employed to handle the surveillance cameras had not provided video to police, but promised to get it to them and the board by Thursday, when the board votes on whether the April 30 gunfire could have been prevented and, if so, what punishment to mete out.
Board regulations prohibit license holders from sitting on unused licenses, although the board usually grants some leniency in giving license holders time to sell them off - at prices that can now top $400,000.
The nightclub started - and is still officially licensed as - the Russian Benevolent Society, which provided meals and beverages from the old country for Russian immigrants, but Matov gradually converted the former industrial space into a nightclub that, in addition to the occasional shootings, has had problems for years.
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I'm usually very pro-nightlife
But this place seems like it was missing a B in its name.
dicks out for garagbe
"It's infuriating to me as chair"
Then quit, you complete loser. Why bother? Your job angers you, and I don't want you there.
oh grow up
In what way does your comment promote intelligent discourse on the important matter of public safety
Which wasn't my intent.
In what way does your comment
Ha ha, it's Will. You must be new here.
What do you want?
Someone who is not upset by repeated violent incidents and broken promises to fix them? Yes, let's have a completely apathetic chair instead (A solidly Gen-X chair should fit the bill).
<insert gratuitous ageist slur>
because that will totally add value to the conversation. /s
People are getting repeatedly
People are getting repeatedly shot outside this club--which has repeatedly lied it will work with the community (24/7 call number) & BPD (surveillance video) but has done neither. And your issue is with the liquor board chairwoman??? I hope they make an example of this place and claw back the liquor license!
He's a libertarian
The fact that the liquor board even exists is far more disturbing to him than any number of gun murders.
If Your Mad About the Licensing Board Policies
Quit operating a bar in Boston. Just quit. Anyone who currently owns a bar who doesn't choose to quit, is responsible for the things they voluntarily signed up to do.
Should you be calling anyone in public service a “loser”, country mouse?
What’s your occupation again?
I didn't ask for the service.
"Country mouse" isn't the flex you think it is in 2022. I'm appreciative of my Boston time, but the place has clearly lost its mind...and its soul.
Private sector for me. I earn my money without the eventual threat of armed force.
Allston guns and Brighton sexual assaults
There putting all these new condos or apartments up and the area is getting more violent. What gives? Linden street down there is rough and dirty and Reddit is filled with someone around those hills behind Oak Square assaulting and raping. What the hell is going on with the violence in Allston Brighton
My guess: same thing that's
My guess: same thing that's going on with violence everywhere else in the country.
I feel like if you've fucked
I feel like if you've fucked up so bad the board is essentially shutting you down, you shouldn't have the opportunity to sell the license on the private market. It should come back to the city and become a permanent "check in, check out" license like the Main Streets program ones are. Like ALL the licenses in this city SHOULD be, since, you know, they're supposed to be a verification the city has looked at your establishment and verified it can and will follow the laws regarding alcohol - not a goddamn investment vehicle on par with most condos.