Bar owners with multiple violations to answer to councilorsOctober 03,2012
By David Delcore
BARRE – The owners of a Prospect Street bar recently cited for violating one of the state’s liquor laws were asked to go before the City Council in a move that one member hopes will be a shot over the bow to the operators of other local establishments.
Councilor Paul Poirier described Gusto’s owners Gary and Jean Gosselin as “friends,” Tuesday night, but said he believed it is time for the council to revive the more active role it once played as the local liquor control board by requiring the owners of bars and nightclubs cited for multiple violations to come in and explain themselves.
According to Poirier, Gusto’s has been cited for “over-serving” patrons at least once before to his knowledge and that’s the sort of red flag he believes the council needs to monitor more closely.
“That’s not the first time that… where they (Gusto’s) have been citied for serving intoxicated people,” Poirier said, referring to a month-old violation that was allegedly observed by a state liquor inspector.
The Gosselin’s didn’t contest the violation and have since paid a $500 fine, but Poirier said he wants to hear from them and – in the future – others like them.
“I would like them (the Gosselins) to come in and I would like us to do this with other establishments,” he told councilors during his round-table remarks Tuesday night.
It isn’t personal, according to Poirier, who spoke highly of the Gosselins while stressing that he believes the council needs to be more aggressive when it comes to regulating bars and nightclubs in the community.
“This happens to be the Gosselins who are friends of mine, but I just think we need to send a message to all the other establishments in town,” he said.
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