Quincy Jade Restaurant charged again with liquor license violations

December 9, 2013 01:59 PM

By Jessica Bartlett

For the fifth time in three years, Quincy Jade Restaurant will appear before the Board of License Commissioners on charges of serving minors and serving alcohol after allowable hours.

According to City Clerk and Licensing Board Chair Joseph Shea, Quincy Jade has had more issues in the last three years than any other bar in the city in the last 15 years.

“I’d be surprised if he has much of a license left when we’re through with him,” Shea said.

The restaurant was scheduled to appear before the Board on Dec. 10. However, an attorney representing the restaurant requested a one-week extension. The matter has been rescheduled for a Dec. 17 hearing, Shea said.

Shea said the most recent charge stems from an incident on Nov. 28, when licensing officer Lt. Peter Turowski went in to the Cottage Avenue restaurant at 1:50 a.m.

According to a summons letter sent to owner Mihn Phuoc Giang, alongside patrons drinking beyond the 1 a.m. cut off, underage patrons had been served. Though the restaurant only has a beer and wine liquor license, patrons were also consuming hard liquor, the letter says.

According to Shea, Giang has been warned about similar infractions in the past.

In 2010 he was issued a verbal warning for serving alcohol to minors. In 2011, the bar was given a written warning for a similar infraction, Shea said.

Shea added that by 2012, the restaurant was back before the Licensing Board, this time for serving alcohol after hours. The Board levied a one-day suspension on the facility.

In July 2013, violations were again found at the restaurant. In addition to the late night drinking after allowable hours, patrons were also drinking outside, according to Shea after an August hearing on the matter.

Though Giang, through a translator, initially denied the event had occurred, he eventually admitted to the offenses during the August hearing. Both the food and liquor license were revoked for five days in mid-September.

“This is flagrant disregard for our rules and regulations and the laws,” Shea said.

Quincy attorney William Keener, who is representing Giang, did not return calls for comment.

Shea said he’s only revoked two licenses in his 22 years on the Licensing Board. Typically the bars are shut down due to assaults or drugs.

“Not to say this is a minor infraction. It’s important,” Shea said.

Though Shea said during the August hearing that any future infractions would likely result in a revocation of the license, nothing is certain. Punishments in Quincy are based on the level of infractions and the circumstances surrounding them, Shea said.

According to Shea, Giang has previously said he didn’t understand the laws, or didn’t see the problems as he was busy cooking in the back. Shea said those aren’t likely to be good excuses now.

“We’re very tolerant, but we have to remove this attractive nuisance,” Shea said.

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