The Boston Licensing Board this morning rolled back closing time for Agoros Bar and Grill, 356 Chestnut Hill Ave., from 1 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. after BPD detectives found yet another underage BC student with a drink inside, on Oct. 22 - the eighth such violation since the place opened last fall.
"This is the eighth time we've had you in front of the board," board Chairwoman Christine Puligini told co-owner Dimitrios Liakos, noting the incident, involving a 17-year-old who used her 22-year-old sister's driver's license to purchase a tequila shot, occurred less than two weeks after the board had put Liakos on official notice it had had enough.
The board interrupted a separate hearing on a fight on Nov. 10 that ended with a 75-year-old woman lying on the floor, a stanchion atop her, blood streaming out of her nose and mouth - and her daughter's boyfriend, himself 60, with blood coming out of his newly split ear.
Pulgini continued that hearing until sometime closer to BC commencement in the spring, so that the grandmother and the man could attend a hearing to testify - from California and North Carolina respectively. This morning, another one of the grandmother's daughters, who flew up yesterday from New York, and her granddaughter, did testify - as did Liakos and a pizza-place security guy.
The two sides gave dramatically differing accounts.
The daughter and granddaughter testified today that they had gone to Agoros for a family celebration - the grandmother wanted to see her granddaughter before she graduated BC. They chose Agoros specifically because "we love to dance," the daughter, herself 53, testified. She said they'd had a good time dancing - and had even danced with three young men who asked if they could join them.
But things soured when the family gathered for a group photo and one of the men tried to photobomb them. She said her sister's boyfriend had words and pushed him out of the photo. About an hour later, she said, as they were getting ready to leave - with a pizza - the guy rushed her sister's boyfriend and swung at him and sliced his ear open, she said. Somebody pushed the grandmother and she fell to the ground. And then a metal pole fell on her. The woman said she quickly got on the ground to protect her mother, now bleeding profusely from the face.
"She looked like she'd been in a horrible fight," the granddaughter said of her grandmother.
Once everybody was back up, the woman continued, somebody from Agoros gave them some ice and napkins, then somebody else brought the photobomber over. And the first thing he said, she said, was "I didn't have a knife." Then he apologized. Liakos told them they had to leave immediately, she said. Both she and the granddaughter said he refused to call 911.
She said they took an Uber to their hotel in Brookline, where they called 911 - and were met by Brookline police and EMTs.
A BPD sergeant testified the first he head of the incident was when a counterpart in Brookline called him. He responded to Beth Israel Hospital, where the boyfriend was getting 12 stitches in his ear.
Liakos and the bar security guy said the older man in the party - the sister's boyfriend - was the aggressor at the end of the evening.
"He pushed the young man," the bouncer said. The young man pushed back, causing him to fall and pushing him into the grandmother, knocking her to the floor. And as the older man fell, he knocked over a metal pole holding up the pizza place's tablet-based ID checker, slicing his ear on one of its hard metal edges and pushing it onto the face of the grandmother on the floor.
He said he rushed over, got the pole off the woman and then stood between the two parties to separate them. He said there were not two other young men accompanying the guy who'd been pushed and said he thought he'd successfully diffused the situation - he said the young guy and the older guy even shook hands.
He said he did not see any blood.