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October 23, 2012

Bangkok Paradise remains open after owner's drug arrest

Salem: Licensing Board hearing set for November


Bangkok Paradise was among the more than 20 Salem restaurants to sign the Chamber of Commerce’s “one strike and you’re out” pledge this fall. Meant to discourage troublemakers, the pledge says anyone arrested or issued a no-trespass order by police at one of the participating restaurants will be prohibited from entering any of the establishments for six months.

The initiative has worked very well so far, said Chamber of Commerce director Rinus Oosthoek. Yesterday, Oosthoek said his organization is taking a “wait and see” approach with Bangkok Paradise.

“It’s something that I think should be addressed immediately. For us, up until the Licensing Board takes action, we have to wait,” Oosthoek said. “... It’s difficult to see how they can operate with one of the owners in jail.”

Franco was among six North Shore men arrested Friday morning in a multi-agency drug investigation. Also arrested was Jason Gentry, who manages Giovanni’s Pizza and Roast Beef on Jefferson Avenue.

Gentry, charged with possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute, also pleaded not guilty last week.

Last week’s drug investigation netted thousands of pills and $50,000 in cash, according to the Essex County district attorney’s office.

Bethany Bray can be reached at and on Twitter @SalemNewsBB.

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