Framingham License Commission Approves New Management at Margaritas Restaurant

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By Lucas Gustafson

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FRAMINGHAM – A Framingham restaurant where an April shooting took place now has new management.

Monday night, the Framingham License Commission voted unanimously to approve a change of management at Margaritas Mexican Restaurant. The vote was 3-0 with members Tiel Wadland, Sara Porter, and Stu Pologe present.

The alcohol license for the restaurant will now be under the names of general manager Michael Hernandez and assistant manager Roland Spencer. 

Hernandez has had previous experience working at other Margaritas restaurants for the past six years. Before being transferred to the Framingham location, he worked at the Margaritas location in Waltham as general manager under a liquor license for 2.5 years. 

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Commissioner Porter asked if Hernandez had been involved in any issues with the liquor license at the Waltham location. Hernandez said that only one recorded incident occurred, during which Hernandez called 9-1-1 to report that a man had passed out.

“You did the right thing by calling the police, that’s great,” responded Porter. 

Margaritas was the scene of a shooting in April. A Framingham man, 30, is facing an attempted murder charge after a shooting inside the restaurant.

A month later, a fight took place at the restaurant, that may be connected with another shooting.

The vote to approve was 3-0.

The 5-member Commission is down to just four members with the resignation of former chair Adam Barnosky.

Mayor Yvonne Spicer appointed Commissioner Wadland as the new chair on Monday, July 12. Her term is through June 2022.

Commissioner Laura Medrano was absent from Monday’s meeting.


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Lucas Gustafson is an SOURCE summer intern. intern working for SOURCE. He will be entering his senior year at Framingham High in September. He is a member of the National Honor Society and has won awards from Rochester Institute of Technology and his Spanish teacher. He loves to study politics, history, and writing. His hobbies include reading, drawing, and painting. After graduating from high school, Lucas plans to study politics and journalism. 

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