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December 20, 2013

ABCC accuses Golden Banana of overserving

PEABODY — The Golden Banana has been caught in three alleged violations of its liquor license as part of Operation Last Call.

The Last Call program, mounted by the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission, follows the trail back from motorists arrested for drunken driving to the place where they got their last drink. In some cases, said the commission’s Deputy Communications Director Chandra Allard, that path led to the Golden Banana.

In response, an investigative team visited the Route 1 strip club on Friday, Dec. 13, unannounced and undercover, “to do an enforcement and see if they were overserving,” Allard said.

Details of how the ABCC operates in these instances are kept confidential, she said. “They witnessed three incidents where intoxicated patrons were being served.”

Peabody police detectives assisted the ABCC.

A hearing date in Boston regarding these alleged violations has not yet been set, she said. If the establishment is found responsible, they will have the option of a suspension or paying a comparable fine. Other area bars and restaurants were targeted at the same time as the Golden Banana, said Allard, “but we don’t disclose the location unless there are violations.”

Allard stressed the importance of the Last Call program as part of the effort to prevent drunken driving and the sometimes tragic consequences it causes.

The Peabody Licensing Board is not involved in this matter, though Chairman Minas Dakos said, “I’m very surprised that they were overserving.”

For the most part, the Golden Banana has avoided such troubles in recent years, he said.

A spokesman at the Golden Banana said he hadn’t been informed of the ABCC complaint.

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