A man didn't like being told he couldn't vape inside Stephanie's on Newbury Street, so after threatening the manager who asked him to stop, he pushed the manager into a high-top table, then aimed three three punches at him, landing at least one on the manager's temple.
Afterwards, the manager, several weight classes below the angry man, had to wipe blood off his face. But it wasn't his - his attacker managed to slice his hand open on something before winding up with his haymakers, the manager told the Boston Licensing Board today.
According to the manager, the guy was sitting at the bar on the evening of Jan. 6, when he pulled out a Juul or similar device and began puffing. He said he told the guy he couldn't do that and the guy said OK, no problem, he was leaving, anyway. The man got up, but instead of leaving, approached the manager at the restaurant service bar. He put his arm around the manager, in what seemed like a friendly gesture and asked him some innocuous questions. "I figured he just felt bad about smoking," the manager said.
But then the man put his hand at the back of the manager's neck, squeezed, leaned in and whispered "Do you think you could make it to your phone before you hit the floor?" The manager, well under 6' told the 6'2", 220-lbs. guy he needed to leave, now. The guy pushed the manager into a high top, then "immediately started swinging, connecting at least once.
A BPD detective told the board police found the guy and summonsed him to court on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon - the table.
The manager declined medical attention.