Pittsfield Restaurant Seeks Appeal of Suspension

Jae’s Spice Restaurant is asking the state ABCC to overturn its three-day liquor license suspension from the city of Piitsfield, according to the Berkshire Eagle.

The Pittsfield Licensing Board handed down the punishment last month, claiming the downtown establishment used “bad judgment” in hosting a birthday party that allegedly involved underage drinking.

North Street Market Place LLC, which holds Jae’s all-alcohol restaurant license, has filed an appeal with the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission asking the state agency to lift the suspension. The ABCC has scheduled an appeals hearing for this week.

The Pittsfield Licensing Board’s ruling on Aug. 30 came following a show/cause hearing on Jae’s license to discuss allegations regarding the July 11 incident. The party took place between 8:45 and 10:30 p.m., in a second-floor banquet hall that is located above the ground floor eatery.

According to Pittsfield Police, Karen Victorin, a hostess at Jae’s, held the non-alcoholic 18th birthday party for her son.

The Board was apparently motivated to levy the three-day suspension partly because the Press Box, which also operated by North Market Place LLC, had received a similar penalty in early July. Action on that decision had been suspended, provided the Press Box avoided any further liquor license violations.

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