FRAMINGHAM – Selectmen tonight, Jan. 10, delayed an alcohol license violation hearing for China Gourmet, formally known as Samba West.
The hearing will now be held on Tuesday, January 31.
Selectmen Chair Cheryl Tully Stoll said the Board received a text from the owner of the restaurant, after 4 p.m. stating his lawyer could not make the hearing. The owner of the restaurant was notified in December via certified mail of the license violation hearing.
The owner Joseph Zhang appeared before Selectmen tonight, and said his lawyer had a “family emergency.”
Stoll told the owner the Board has not been happy with several delays with this hearing, but would grant the rescheduling.
Selectmen are not scheduled to meet on January 17, and the agenda for the January 24 meeting was full, so the alcohol license violation hearing was rescheduled for January 31.
Stoll told Zhang if he shows up on January 31 without an attorney, the hearing will still continue.
As Source first reported today, Samba West is facing its second alcohol license violation hearing in a year.
According to a Framingham Police investigation, twice within a year, two patrons left Samba West, drove west on Route 9, and crashed into Southborough Police cruisers. Both drivers were arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, and both had their last drinks at Samba West.
The first time this happened in August 2015, Selectmen held a hearing in April 2016 and fined the owner, and took away the restaurant’s alcohol license for 3 days.