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March 7, 2014

Fate of Brutole's liquor license awaits hearing

DANVERS — Brutole Restaurant has closed, town officials say, and selectmen are pondering what to do about its all-alcohol liquor license.

They have scheduled a public hearing for March 18 on whether to suspend, revoke or take other action on the license held by Ilijon Corp., which does business as Brutole at 65 Newbury St., Town Clerk Joseph Collins said.

The board held a status hearing on the license after the town got wind the restaurant had been closed since the first week of February. Collins said the restaurant failed to pay approximately $20,000 in water, sewer and electric bills.

The $4,600 check for the liquor license renewal fee bounced, Collins said, because the bank account was closed. A call to the number listed on the restaurant’s website says it is no longer in service.

The restaurant was co-owned by executive chef Ilias Kakouris and Nick Kakouris, according to the restaurant’s website. The pair rented the property, which is beside Motel 6. Two calls to the property owner, G6 Hospitality of Carrolton, Texas, were not immediately returned.

“Brutole has unceremoniously left the location they were at,” said Selectman Gardner Trask. “Basically, they left town. They packed up shop. We do not know where they went.”

Trask said it appears the restaurant moved kitchen and other equipment without pulling the necessary plumbing and electrical permits needed to do such work.

Trask said the board decided to hold a public hearing to give the license holders a chance to state their case. It would also make the process cleaner in case the board decides to revoke the license and later award it to another restaurant.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673 or via email at eforman@salemnews.com.

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