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What's happening to some former Upper Crusts is Just and Proper
By adamg - 2/28/13 - 4:02 pm

A former Harvard Square Upper Crust renamed the Just Crust could soon be joined by a former Newbury Street Upper Crust to be renamed the Proper Slice.

The Boston Licensing Board today gave SS Investments permission to start serving food at the old Upper Crust at 222 Newbury St., a location it acquired from bankruptcy court in December. However, the board deferred action on a request from the company to also obtain the location's beer and wine license, pending submission of some corrected paperwork.

Attorney Mark Evlogiadis said his client, which already runs a pizza place in Brighton, will not need much time to start cheesing up the street - because the old Upper Crust's kitchen and dining area "are in pristine condition.


Randolph seeks plan to tame bar Councilors seek plan toend fights at local bar Liquor license change for Clubhouse pending

By Christine Legere

Globe Correspondent / June 10, 2012


The Randolph Town Council will be looking for a plan at a hearing Monday to address ongoing problems with fights at a local bar, before considering its owner’s request for a change of manager on his liquor license.

The Randolph Country Club property, on Mazzeo Drive, is owned by Boston businessman Jack Gateman. His 9,000-square-foot building houses two bars, which operate under a single liquor license and the same manager.

That arrangement is unusual but not unheard of in Randolph; Vincent’s and Lombardo’s, also housed in a single building, share a license. Those establishments have operated smoothly for the last several years.

One of Gateman’s bars, the Randolph Country Club, has historically been popular with the area’s alternative crowd and has experienced few problems.

But The Clubhouse, a newer bar in the same building, has been the scene of numerous outdoor brawls.

Gateman wants to change the manager on his liquor license from a previous employee to J. Eddy Bazile.

But Police Chief William Pace says Bazile has already been in charge for more than two years, and The Clubhouse has been a problem under his management.

“My office has had many conversations with Mr. Bazile and Mr. Jack Gateman regarding incidents almost exclusively at The Clubhouse,” Pace wrote in a letter to the council. “There have been several violent incidents as a result of the use of outside promoters, and several incidents in which [police] mutual aid was called.”

Councilor James Burgess said he thought Gateman had sworn off the use of promoters a long time ago, following earlier criticism from the Town Council.

“We had spoken to Mr. Gateman about outside promoters when The Clubhouse was called Loft 44,” Burgess said. “They took the sign down and said they wouldn’t use promoters any more, and here we are again.”

Burgess said trouble at The Clubhouse, when rowdy outside crowds are brought in, usually spills into the parking lot.

“We’ve had shootings, we’ve had knives, we’d had tires slashed, and we’ve had noise,” he said. “I think the Town Council is taking a position saying we’re not going to tolerate trouble. It’s embarrassing when you have police departments from multiple towns responding to calls.”

Randolph has seen its share of violence at its bars in recent years, often attributed to when promoters trying to pack the establishments have brought in crowds from out of town.

Local leaders have historically clamped down on troublesome operations, rolling back hours and suspending licenses. In the last three years, disciplinary actions resulted in the closure of two hotspots, The Vault Room and Genesio’s.

Burgess was a selectman when the two bars were keeping police busy, before local government was switched to a town council.

The Vault Room was closed by the owner in 2009, after officials rolled back its closing time to 11 p.m. following a shooting. The owner has since opened a dinner theater there.

Genesio’s Restaurant and Bar closed following a license suspension and rollback of hours prompted by a triple stabbing in 2010.

Problems at The Vault Room and Genesio’s were also related to promoters attracting outsiders, according to Burgess.

“Promoters advertise all over the place,” he said. “They make their money at the door, and the bar gets the liquor sales. We see arrests from all over, from New Bedford to Boston.”

Burgess said he fears the same situation is unfolding at Gateman’s club.

“I don’t think the Country Club has risen to that point yet, but it’s heading in the same direction,” Burgess said. “What we’ll want to see is how they plan to fix the problems. If we don’t get that, I could see this going the way of The Vault.”

Councilor Ken Clifton was particularly critical of The Clubhouse during last month’s opening hearing on the liquor license.

“I just want peace for my community,” Clifton said last week. “I’ve gotten calls from residents, and I voiced their concerns at the council meeting.”

Gateman could not be reached for comment.

Bazile deferred to Gateman’s attorney, Mark Evlogiadis, who declined comment, saying he hadn’t yet received relevant police reports and a videotape of last month’s liquor license discussion.

Evlogiadis said he’s confident the issues can be resolved.

“Mr. Gateman is a very responsible business manager, and he’s always willing to work with licensing boards,” Evlogiadis said. “I think at the end of the day, we’ll come to an agreement that will make everyone happy.”

Pace has asked the Town Council to make any license adjustment “contingent on safe operation of the venue,” allowing for future disciplinary action if matters don’t improve.

Monday’s hearing is set for 8:30 p.m. at Town Hall.

Christine Legere can be reached at christinelegere@yahoo.com.                        


'Taste has til June'

By Nick Scofield/ correspondent

GateHouse News Service

Posted May 01, 2009 @ 11:03 AM

Woburn, MA —

The owners of Taste of Brazil have until June to present an
update on expansion plans. If the expansion wins approval, the restaurant could
begin serving beer and wine, pending further approval.

The Woburn Licensing Commission unanimously vote to allow
Hugo Moraes from the Taste of Brazil and attorney John McElhiney to come back
in June to give the commission an update on the plan, which was presented the
before the three-member commission Thursday night.

The restaurant will be able to serve alcohol if the extension
is approved by the city council. After meeting the necessary 100 seats needed
for a liquor license, the licensing commission will send an application to the
Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission for final approval.

Moraes plans to expand the restaurant to seat an additional
29 customers. The extension would also include a bar with room for five more

“The city wants to pour money in the businesses in Woburn
center,” McElhiney said. “We plan to have an architect design the extension. We
re-filed a special permit from the city council and we hope we can get approval
on this in May.”

According to Paul Meaney, executive director of the Woburn
Business Association, Taste of Brazil is a good neighbor and he was impressed
with the restaurant’s operations when he last visited.

“They [Taste of Brazil] run a clean business, they are
bringing money into Woburn and they keep a comfortable environment alive,”
Meaney said. “I ask that you please give them more time.”

Elsewhere, patrons of Masa Southwestern Bar & Grill will
have to wait a little longer to sip a cerveza on its patio. The commission
unanimously voted to have the restaurant’s owner Philip Aviles, his attorney
Mark Evlogiadis and property owner Michael Doherty come back to meet with the
commission to discuss a new plan for the patio on May 28. At the commission’s
March 26 meeting, Chairman Charles Bishop said he and Woburn Police Officer
John Murphy investigated the patio outside the restaurant and agreed the patio
should be enclosed with a fence. An entrance from the patio into the restaurant
with no access to the patio from the street/parking lot was also recommended.
Evlogiadis said putting in an additional door would disrupt the bar and would
require them to get a building permit from the Building Department. As a
result, alcohol is not served to customer seated at the patio.

Evlogiadis & Associates, LLC
40 Belmont Street
Boston , MA , 02129
Fax: 617-242-6988
Phone: 617-835-9111
Email: Mark@Evlolaw.com