Randolph’s police chief says nothing has been done to address ongoing noise and rowdiness at a local bar, so it may be time for the town to clamp down.
The Town Council has scheduled a disciplinary hearing for Oct. 15 to hear Police Chief William Pace’s complaints about the Randolph Country Club on Mazzeo Drive. Disciplinary options include a rollback in closing time or license suspension or revocation.
The club property is owned by Boston businessman Jack Gateman, who has divided the 9,000-square-foot building into two bars that operate under a single liquor license and manager.
One of the bars, the Randolph Country Club, has historically been popular with the area’s alternative crowd and has posed few problems. But the Clubhouse, a newer bar in the same building, has been the source of numerous problems, ranging from noise to parking lot brawls, slashed tires, and even shots fired.
In June, the Town Council begrudgingly approved a change of manager to J. Eddy Bazile, but first required Gateman to produce a plan for addressing problems at the Clubhouse.
But Pace said little has changed.
“Despite attempts to work with management and numerous warnings, I feel that the concern of our residents with regard to unreasonable noise and disruptive conduct . . . is not being taken seriously,” Pace said in a recent letter to the council. “I have seen very little progress.”
Neither Bazile nor Gateman could be reached for comment.
Pace had requested the council set a disciplinary hearing and promised he would have evidence of continued problems, along with “a specific recommendation at the conclusion of testimony.”
While the police chief limited his request to the Randolph Country Club’s entertainment license, the Town Council voted to review all licenses, including the liquor license tied to Gateman’s two bars.
“If the evidence is strong enough to modify, suspend, or revoke any of the licenses, then we should have the right,” said council president Andrew Azer.
Councilor Arthur Goldstein said Pace has “historically been quite lenient,” preferring to work with local establishments on resolving problems. “If he says there are issues, they are probably significant,” Goldstein said.
One of the Town Council’s chief concerns in June had been the use of outside promoters to attract patrons from beyond the area to the Clubhouse.
Gateman had assured the council the club had switched to using an in-house marketing team to promote its upcoming events.
Goldstein said he believes outside promoters are still being used.
“I have no idea what the chief will bring up as specifics at the hearing,” Goldstein said. If the complaints are serious enough, he said, the council could consider a rollback of the 2 a.m. closing time.
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