Some Barrington shops could lose liquor licenses

Barrington Town Hall, Barrington, Rhode Island

Barrington Town Hall, Barrington, Rhode Island

A number of local establishments could lose their liquor licenses next month if they fail to comply with town and state mandated training.

The BAY Team recently provided the Barrington Town Council with a report stating that only three businesses and organizations holding town liquor licenses have completed the necessary training for license renewals on Dec. 1.

State law requires all employees of “pouring” establishments to complete responsible beverage service training once every three years while local ordinance requires all employees of any establishment with a liquor license to complete BAY Team training annually.

According to the report, the American Legion, Chiazza, and Grapes and Grains are the only businesses in town to have completed both, though the Barrington Yacht Club is also reportedly up to date. BYC Commodore Bob Manchester said that establishment was inaccurately reported alongside those with employees who need to complete training. Mr. Manchester said all current BYC employees have completed their training and it appears an outdated employee list was used in assembling the report.

The BAY Team offered its annual training on two dates last month. Some establishments that have not met the annual requirement had some but not all of their employees attend one of the training sessions, several of which reportedly contacted the BAY Team ahead of time regarding employee scheduling conflicts.

Two restaurants, however, did not send a single employee to either of the training dates — Piezoni’s and Sushi Express.

Earlier this year, a Sushi Express employee pleaded no contest to a charge of serving alcohol to a minor after failing a compliance check. Piezoni’s, meanwhile, was reportedly found to have an untrained worker serving alcohol.

BAY Team official Kathy Sullivan said her group plans to offer its annual training again this month to help establishments meet renewal requirements.

Ms. Sullivan also said the difference between RBS and BAY Team training is a focus on the community. While RBS focuses on a broader range of requirements, BAY Team training is focused on preventing underage drinking, preventing youth access to alcohol and preventing alcohol service to intoxicated customers.

Ms. Sullivan said the BAY Team plans to contact local businesses about the upcoming training. The local ordinance requiring BAY Team training is in its second year.

“We want to make sure we work closely with the business community,” she said. “We are trying to be collaborative.”

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