The Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission is supporting Milford selectmen's decision to suspend Scioli's license for three weeks.
The state agency, which oversees businesses with alcohol pouring licenses, heard an appeal from Scioli's Pizza Bar on July 18. The ABCC's decision was faxed yesterday to the town.
Selectmen had also in the spring ordered the bar to close three hours early for six months, but agreed to put a stay on the actions until this appeal was resolved.
The town took steps against the license issued to Scioli's after hearing testimony April 30 that a restaurant employee had struck two customers, injuring them, after one was ordered out of the bar. Selectmen also heard testimony that the business had served alcohol to customers who were drunk. The business owner argued the actions were the result of a rogue employee, and said his staff did not over-serve patrons.
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"This one violation is a serious offense that resulted in serious injuries to more than one patron of the Licensee being inflicted by the Licensee's security person. Given the aggravating circumstances of the incident, the commission APPROVES the action of the local board in SUSPENDING the license of Scioli Corporation...for three weeks," the board wrote in its decision.
Selectmen meet next on Sept. 24 and are expected to make a decision then about the start date of the suspension.
Scioli's has the option of filing another appeal. Return to Milford Patch for more information.