Framingham Restaurant Hit 4-Day Alcohol License Suspension

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FRAMINGHAM – A Framingham restaurant will lose its all-alcohol license for 4 days, after caught serving a minor at the end of 2021.

The Framingham License Commission voted unanimously on Monday, may 23, to suspend the all-alcohol license for Tropical Cafe at 85 Hollis Street.

The suspension must be served within the next 30 days, and the four days must be served consecutively, with at least one day a Tuesday.

On Tuesday, December 28, 2021, at about 2:22 p.m., an underage individual working with Framingham Police entered the restaurant and ordered a Corona bottle of beer, according to Framingham Police Lt. Tom McCarthy.

The waitress did not ask for identification and served the beer, which cost $5.97, said Lt. McCarthy.

This is the second time Tropical Island LLC, doing business as Tropical Cafe, failed an alcohol license sting, in the past 6 years.

The last time was in 2016, said Lt. McCarthy. in 2017, the Board of Selectman levied a 2-day all alcohol license suspension for the establishment.

This time, Framingham Police lieutenant recommended a 3-day alcohol license suspension plus one day to be held in abeyance for one year.

In September 2021, an assault happened at the restaurant as well, said Lt. McCarthy.

That incident resulted in a one-day all-alcohol license suspension held in abeyance for one-year.

Since another incident happened within one year of the September 2021 assault, the Commission was asked to approve a 4-day consecutive license suspension plus 1 day held in abeyance for 12 months.

The vote past 4-0, with Commission Laura Medrano not in attendance.

Tropical Island LLC manager Solange Moura agreed not to appeal the decision and also agreed to a $300 fine.

If Tropical Cafe opts to remain open when the license suspension happens, it must either cover or remove the alcohol from 85 Hollis Street.

The four days of the alcohol license suspension are still to be determined, but must be within the next 30 days and include a Tuesday.

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