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November 14, 2013

Onion Town Grill hit with 3-day license suspension

DANVERS — Selectmen have ordered the liquor license of the popular Onion Town Grill and Sports Bar at 175 Water St. suspended for three days, but exactly when the establishment might have to serve its punishment will be decided at a meeting next week.

Selectmen took the action last week following a state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission hearing in September that found that the establishment had violated a couple of state liquor laws.

The commission voted to suspend Onion Town’s license for five days, with the punishment held in abeyance for two years provided there are no more violations of state liquor laws.

However, the eatery was involved in a prior unrelated liquor-law violation dating back to a townwide compliance check held in July 2012.

In October 2012, selectmen imposed a three-day suspension held in abeyance for one year for an incident that involved a bartender serving a Bud Light to an underage liquor-compliance checker. At a public hearing, the restaurant’s co-owner expressed regret for the incident and said that the restaurant’s policies for checking IDs were tightened.

The violations this past June, however, fell within the one-year probationary period from the prior town punishment.

“They have not lived up to that agreement of no violations during that 12-month period,” Town Manager Wayne Marquis said at a Nov. 5 meeting. “In fact, we would recommend, based on your vote, to go forward with a three-day suspension, the only determination would be which three days,” Marquis said. “That would be a determination of the board to make.”

“We were simply imposing the penalty from Danvers,” Selectmen Chairman Gardner Trask said in an interview.

At the board’s meeting, Selectman Bill Clark and Selectwoman Diane Langlais motioned to have Onion Town Grill’s representatives appear before the board on Nov. 19 to discuss this.

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