PITTSFIELD -- The Back Nine Bar & Grill on Crane Avenue will be without its liquor license for 14 days -- to include the Super Bowl and Valentine's Day -- for allowing numerous underage customers inside on July 21.
The city Licensing Board set the time period Monday -- to begin Feb. 1. They voted unanimously to impose a suspension that was approved in August but delayed while the owner appealed to the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission.
They also made the suspension somewhat tougher than it might have been if imposed immediately to make a point.
"In my 10 years on the board, I think this is the wildest thing I have ever run into," vice chairman Robert Quattrochi said.
As expected, attorney Thomas Hamel, representing the bar, told board members that the ABCC appeal had been dropped. He also requested that the bar be allowed to serve its suspension a few days per week over a number of weeks, rather than all at once.
But board members ultimately agreed that because of the severity of the offense there should be a strong warning to other establishments based on the economic impact of the suspension. They also debated imposing the term on holidays only, or at other busy times of the year, such as during the summer.
Quattrochi said the incident, in which police found more than 30 young adults inside the bar and another 40 outside or arriving on a bus from a local motel, was no typical violation. Officers seized 41 fake driver's licenses from the young people, who were participating in a reunion of former counselors at Camp Greylock in Becket, which was organized by the camp alumni through social media, according to police.
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