A Braintree Dave and Buster’s accused of serving a small group 27 drinks in 90 minutes, leading police to place two men in protective custody, will have the chance to appeal the decision by town officials to temporarily pull its liquor license.
Braintree’s licensing board issued the restaurant and arcade a two-day suspension last week stemming from a March 5 incident in which officials said a bartender significantly overserved a group of four.
The situation prompted police to place a pair of men in protective custody, one of whom still had a blood alcohol content of .19 more than eight hours later, the Patriot Ledger reported.
Dave and Buster’s will now have an opportunity to appeal the suspension to the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission, which would hold a hearing in which the Braintree licensing board could present its case, Town Clerk James Casey said Monday.
If the establishment does not protest the suspension, it will lose its liquor license for May 28 and 29.
According to the Patriot Ledger, a Braintree police officer working a paid detail at the bar on March 5 discovered the lengthy bar tab after he was alerted to a man at the bar who appeared to be drunk. The tab showed the man’s group had been served 27 drinks in the last hour-and-a-half, on top of drinks consumed before arriving at Dave and Buster’s, Officer Brendan McLaughlin reported. Included on the tab were 22-ounce beers and shots of hard liquor.
Police placed two men in protective custody. More than five hours later, one of the men had a blood alcohol content of .13, according to a breathalyzer reading. The other man blew a .19 after eight hours in protective custody, still more than double the legal limit to drive, the Patriot Ledger reported.
Casey said that in the accordance with town policy, the suspension will be served on the same day of the week that the original incident occurred. March 5 being a Saturday, the suspension will be in effect from Saturday, May 28, to Sunday, May 29.
In the licensing board meeting last Tuesday, Dave and Buster’s lawyer blamed the incident on a “rogue bartender” who was later fired, the Patriot Ledger said.
“We failed to follow policies that were in place,” attorney Albert DeNapoli said.
A matter of disagreement arose between Dave and Buster’s and the police over how many people were in the group that was served 27 drinks. Police said it was a party of four, though the bar said it could have been as many as seven.