Route 9 Restaurant Could Face 30-Day Alcohol License Suspension

FRAMINGHAM – A Route 9 restaurant in Framingham could lose its all-alcohol license for 30 days, after its proprietor was attacked, and an underage patron was arrested and charged with attempted murder.

The Framingham License Commission continued a hearing tonight, June 10, on Samba Steak & Sushi’s all-alcohol license until Monday, June 24.

City of Framingham Solicitor Christopher Petrini said tonight that the owner Joseph Zhang and his attorney Bill Kelly were in favor of a settlement for the alcohol license violations – the establishments fourth, fifth, and sixth violations.

The settlement would have the restaurant’s license suspended for 16 days, starting July 1, and to have 14 days held in abeyance. The understanding is that the 14-days would be served if the restaurant had another liquor license violation.

The owner of the establishment, under the agreement still to be finalized, would also agree to install cameras on the premises, and have the police inspect them on September 1.

The agreement, if and when finalized, would also combine liquor license violations four, five, and six into violation number four.

“What concerns me is we are potentially taking violations, four, five, and six and making it just violation number four,” said Stuart Pologe. “This makes no sense. One of the violations is for an underage person who tried to murder the proprietor. Attempted murder is a very serious thing.”


Samba had had no alcohol violations since 2011, said the Commission’s chair.

Pologe said the restaurant has had 35 police calls in five years.

Framingham License Commission Chair Adam Barnosky said he was concerned that there has been no manager of record for the establishment in the last 10 years, and the issue has not been fixed in 8 months.

The report on the liquor license violations was not available to the media tonight. SOURCE requested a copy of it from Framingham Police.

But in August 2018, Framingham Police arrested at 1:20 a.m. on a Saturday Tayoan Delima Santos, 20, of 27 Kelly Court in Brighton at Samba Steak & Sushi. He was charged with attempted murder, assault and battery and disorderly conduct.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

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