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February 15, 2014

Oliveira’s, Peabody reach deal; no alcohol after 11 p.m.

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Keilty told the board that the restaurant has discontinued the functions — including a Latino night — that led to the difficulties. That might not impress the City Council, where Ward 3 Councilor Jim Moutsoulas has promised to take a hard look at their entertainment license, which allows live bands.

Personal experience is one reason for his skepticism, said Moutsoulas, who recalled visiting a Greek restaurant across the street from Oliveira’s last year: “We were leaving. Over in the street, there were 20 people out fighting. They were swinging knives. It was one of the most vicious fights I’ve ever seen.”

With four or five cruisers arriving on the scene, a concerned Moutsoulas guided his handicapped brother back into the Greek restaurant.

He conceded that he hasn’t heard any recent complaints about the restaurant.

“I would imagine there will be discussion on (Oliveira’s),” said council President Bob Driscoll. “I don’t think they’ve been outstanding in their relations with their neighbors.”

Past complaints about the steak house have also come from representatives of the neighboring St. Vasilios Church.

The council had been expected to deal with the entertainment license at Thursday’s meeting. It was canceled due to the storm, however, and hasn’t yet been rescheduled.

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