FRAMINGHAM – After serving alcohol to a minor, during a Framingham Police announced compliance check operation, a Framingham seafood restaurant has agreed to a 5-day alcohol license suspension.
Last night, the Framingham License Commission voted unanimously to suspend the alcohol license of Legal Sea Foods for 5 days, 3 days to be served now and two days to held for one-year.
If there are no violations of the license during the next year, the additional two day suspension will not officially be served.
Framingham Police Lt. Jorge Ruiz told the Commission last night, that the Police Department announced they were going to conduct an operation in the Framingham Source and the MetroWest Daily News in October.
He said on Monday, November 19, an 18-year-old student was served at Legal Sea Foods, on Route 9 in Framingham, as part of that operation. He was served a draft beer.
The Framingham Police conducted the operation over 8 weeks at 74 establishments with a liquor license and 57 establishments passed.
The high school student, 18, under police supervision entered the
establishment without any forms of identification and attempted to
purchase an alcoholic beverage with money provided by the
Framingham Police, in each situation.
Lt. Ruiz said this is the second alcohol license violation for Legal Sea Foods in the last 10 years.
The last violation was in 2009, in which the restaurant lost its license for 2 days, and had 3 days held for 3 years, which was not served.
The restaurant said last night to the Commisson the employee who served the alcohol to a minor was suspended immediately, and terminated 2 days later.
Since that incident in November, the Framingham location has changed its policy from asking for an ID for anyone over the age of 40, to asking for an ID for everyone, regardless of age.
“I am kind of embarrassed to be here. I apologize that I have to stand up here before you,” said a spokesperson from Legal Sea Food. “We want to make sure something like this never happens again.”
The recommendation from police was for 5 day alcohol license suspension, with 3 days to be served within 30 days, including a Monday, and 2 days to be held for one year.
If the restaurant is to stay open during those 3 days the suspension of the license is served, all alcohol must be removed or covered.
The spokesperson for Legal Sea Food said the restaurant would stay open for those three days, which have yet to be announced.
The restaurant is also required to pay a $300 fee to the City for the alcohol license violation.
The purpose of the underage compliance check operation is educational in
nature, said Lt. Ruiz.