FRAMINGHAM – Framingham Selectmen voted to suspend the alcohol license of Framingham Beer Works for two days, after the restaurant was found to have served a minor during a Framingham Police sting last fall.
Framingham Selectmen voted unanimously Tuesday night to suspend the license for two consecutive days. Those days have not yet been decided.
On September 16, 2016, an employee at Framingham Beer Works served a draft beer to a female, 20, and did not ask for her identification, Framingham Police Lt. Harry Wareham told Selectmen. The minor was accompanied to the restaurant with undercover Framingham Police.
Lt. Wareham told Selectmen this was the first alcohol license violation by Framingham Beer Works, which opened in town in 2013.
The employee was new, and was suspended and re-trained, Lt. Wareham told Selectmen. He said Framingham Beer Works cooperated with the police investigation.
Appearing before Selectmen, the owner, and listed manager on the alcohol license, Joseph Slesar said both the bartender and the server were re-trained.
Selectmen questioned how the owner could also be the manager and be on site at the Framingham location 40 hours a week, as required under the Framingham alcohol license, when he has several locations in Massachusetts.
He said he was at the Framingham location 40 hours some weeks, but not all weeks.
Selectmen were not happy to hear that.
The owner also told Selectmen he did not know which of his employees at the Framingham Beer Works location has their Framingham server certification, as required by the Town of Framingham.
That annoyed Selectmen.
To have the owner come in and say he does not know who is certified is ridiculous, said Selectman Jason Smith, who made a motion that the owner find out who has certification and come back before the board in 90 days.
Lt. Wareham said Framingham Police needs to step up its compliance checks to see if all employees of establishments in town have their server ID cards.
“I personally think this is embarrassing,” said Lt. Wareham. We need to take a more proactive role.”
“We take alcohol licensing very seriously in this town,” said Framingham Selectman Cheryl Tully Stoll. “To find out, you don’t know if your staff is in compliance with local law, I shake my head. The bucks stops with you. You are the top guy.”
Selectmen voted to have the owner report back in 90 days that all of his employees have their Framingham certification to serve alcohol.