BARRE — Downtown Barre’s newest nightclub could, at least temporarily, lose its license to serve alcohol due to a series of alleged violations at the establishment late last year.
The state Liquor Control Board will consider the suspension or revocation of the first- and third-class liquor licenses for Mingle Nightclub at a hearing that was just rescheduled at the request of the lawyer representing owners, Scott Mears and his son, Connor. The hearing, which is now set for Feb. 13, could also result in monetary penalties for a series of alleged violations detected over a span of seven days last fall.
In all Mingle was cited for violations of four separate state regulations that occurred on different dates over the course of one week.
According to official records, the allegations range from serving intoxicated patrons to an employee drinking while on duty.
Records indicate the first incident occurred shortly after 1:30 a.m. on Oct. 28 when two patrons were seen leaving the rear of the establishment carrying bottles of beer they drank outside. Mingle does not have an outside consumption permit for the area in question.
The second alleged violation occurred at 10:30 p.m. on Nov. 1, when records suggest Connor Mears consumed drinks that were served to him by his father and then “… walked behind the bar of the establishment and proceeded to pour drinks that were then consumed by other patrons, and drinks that he then consumed himself.” Regulations prohibit that from happening.
Records indicate the two remaining alleged violations were related and the first was spotted the following night.
According to records, two female patrons “… showing immediately observable signs of intoxication” were served alcoholic beverages at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Nov. 2. Records further indicate one of those patrons was seen sitting in a parked car that was idling in the lot adjacent to the night club when she vomited.
Regulations prohibit license holders from furnishing alcohol to any individual displaying signs of intoxication and make them responsible for the conduct and safety of patrons within their establishment, as well as adjacent streets, sidewalks and parking lots.
Mingle, which bills itself as central Vermont’s premier dance club, opened last year in a renovated portion of the North Main Street storefront still owned and once occupied by Aubuchon Hardware.
The nightclub was listed for sale late last month. The asking price is $125,000 for the business and equipment, according to an active commercial listing posted on the Heney Realtors website.
The alleged liquor violations occurred two weeks before Connor Mears allegedly attacked a man outside North Barre Manor.
The incident occurred on Nov. 14 and Mears pleaded not guilt to misdemeanor counts of simple assault, criminal threatening, and petit larceny days later. He was released on conditions and is due back at the criminal courthouse in Barre later this month in connection with the case.