The patron said he told the bouncer, “You’re not going to put your hands on me, I can move myself,” and was told, “That’s it, you’re out of here.”
The next thing he felt was the bouncer’s arms around him, he told police.
Friends of the injured patron told police that Quartarone crouched, as if playing football, grabbed the patron, and then slammed him headfirst to the floor.
Quartarone is a former Beverly High School football and hockey player.
The injured patron was briefly unconscious.
In a statement to his manager, which was turned over to police, Quartarone said he asked two patrons to move and that one of them responded with an obscenity, then “threw an elbow,” which led him to “put the kid down” in self-defense.
The issue of how the restaurant deals with intoxicated patrons came up before the Licensing Board last year, according to minutes of the board’s May 31, 2012, meeting, after emails had been sent to the board describing a patron being physically thrown onto the sidewalk.
According to the minutes, board members advised the managers to call police when confronted with an unruly, intoxicated patron, but no further disciplinary action was taken.
Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at email@example.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.