The Boston Licensing Board will hold a hearing sometime next month to consider this weekend's murder that prosecutors say started as an argument inside The Kells on Brighton Avenue.
Board Chairman Daniel Pokaski said today there was no need for an emergency hearing on the issue, in part because press reports indicated the fight that led to Gregory Phillips' death happened outside the bar, in part because there are no other outstanding issues with it. It typically takes about a month to schedule a hearing, he said.
"We do not consider them to be a troublespot," board member Michael Connolly said. Pokaski agreed, praising the Kells for its "level-headed" management.
The licensing board routinely holds hearings on any liquor license holders linked to police issues. Today, for example, the board discussed an Aug. 21 incident at Harper's Ferry on Brighton Avenue, in which a woman escorted out of the club after a "hair-pulling match" came back and started talking trash outside as the bar was closing and patrons were leaving.
Pokaski chided club owners for failing to call police when the woman was initially escorted out of the club and said that simple act would have prevented the later incident, in which a number of Boston officers were called to break up a large group of people blocking traffic and watching the woman.
"Had you called police right then and there (after the fight), none of the rest of this stuff would have happened," Pokaski said, noting this was the second time in a year Harper's Ferry has been cited for letting patrons block the sidewalk. "People have a right to the sidewalk; it's not just for your patrons.