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October 17, 2012

Businesses fall under selectmen scrutiny

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Olive Garden opened in town in June 2011, and this was its first offense.

The last suspension went to the Onion Town Grill at 175 Water St. A bartender at the popular establishment, owned by Gale Couture of Peabody and her brother Don Harwood of Salem, served a Bud Light to a liquor compliance checker without asking for her ID, Ouellette said. The incident also took place on July 27, when police conducted checks at the approximately 45 establishments in town.

Harwood said the bartender, one of his best, was distraught after police Sgt. Robert Bettencourt came to him and told him what had happened. The bartender received a two-week suspension.

“I don’t think there is anyone who feels worse,” Harwood said of his bartender. “I would like to apologize to the town for the indiscretion.” He said he tells his staff “the one thing we can prevent is serving underage people in our bar.”

Onion Town Grill has tightened its serving policy to now ask for IDs for anyone who looks 40 or under. The previous standard was to card anyone who looks 30 or under. Harwood said he is also looking into buying an electronic license scanner.

Like Olive Garden, Onion Town Grill received a three-day suspension held in abeyance for a year.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at eforman@salemnews.com or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.

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