Barre bar facing charges that could cost its license to operate
BARRE — A South Main Street bar could at least temporarily lose its license to serve alcohol amid allegations that one patron was over-served at the establishment in September and another wasn’t old enough to be drinking there in the first place.
The state Liquor Control Board will consider whether to suspend or revoke South Side Tavern’s license to sell alcohol for on-premise consumption during a Dec. 7 hearing at the Montpelier offices of the state Department of Liquor Control.
The hearing will focus on three separate violations that were allegedly observed at the bar by a state liquor inspector on Sept. 18.
According to a hearing notice drafted by William Goggins, director of the department, one of the violations involves allegations that a minor was served alcohol while in the establishment on the evening in question.
The notice further alleges that alcohol was served to a patron “… whom it was reasonable to expect was already under the influence” based on the amount of alcohol that the patron had already consumed.
The third violation, which may or may not involve the same person, alleges that “… a patron displaying obvious signs of intoxication” was allowed to remain on the premises in a “… public non-segregated area.”
The five-member, quasi-judicial state board will determine whether any or all of those allegations are true and what, if anything, to do about them. Options range from doing nothing if the board concludes the allegations are baseless, to suspending or revoking the bar’s license.
The state board may not be the only panel the bar’s owner, Brian Parker, has to worry about. At least one member of the Barre City Council, which acts as the local liquor control board, recently expressed interest in playing a more active role when it comes to alleged violations of state liquor regulations.
Councilor Paul Poirier has said that, at a minimum, owners of establishments that are written up by state inspectors come before the council to explain what happened and how they plan to prevent it from happening again.
Council members received a notice of the South Side Tavern hearing in the advance packet for their weekly meeting tonight.
Parker could not be reached for comment on Monday. The bar remains open pending next month’s hearing.
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