November 18 2014

Restaurant Cited for Failing Recent Alcohol Compliance Sting

By: Rich Hosford

The Burlington Board of Selectmen gave a one-day liquor license suspension to another restaurant caught serving to an underage person during a police sting. 

 

As reported on BNEWS, in October Police Chief Michael Kent told the board that five restaurants had failed a September 30th compliance check where a 17-year-old and an 18-year-old attempted to purchase alcoholic beverages. The said five businesses he said failed were The Bancroft, Besitos Mexican Restaurant, Burtons Grill, the Hilton Garden Inn and Seasons 52. 

 

During the October 27th meeting, all the restaurants in questions except Burtons Grill said they did not contest the findings of the compliance check. They were all given a one day suspension, per town policy, for the following Monday. 

 

An attorney for Burtons Grill, however, said the manager of the restaurant was not sure an actual sale of alcohol was made by the bartender. The attorney said the manager spoke with the bartender, who did receive an order from the youth and did fail to check for identification, but also said the youth left before the beer was served. The attorney said that no money was collected and nothing was rung up in the register. 

 

During this week’s meeting the board continued the hearing for Burtons Grill. At this time general manager Christopher Little said he spoke again with the employee, now former employee, who allegedly sold to the minor and was told the violation did occur. 

 

The board voted to suspend the restaurant’s liquor license for one day on Monday, November 24th. 

 

“We take this seriously,” Hogan said. 

 

We do too and we apologize,” Little said. He added that the restaurant will donate 10% of all sales from the evening of the license suspension to the all-night party for graduates, a program intended to keep the grads in a safe environment on a night many teenagers would party in the past. 

 
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