State agency grants East Bay Tavern a second stay over East Providence City Council ruling


PROVIDENCE — A hearing officer for the State Department of Business Regulation granted East Bay Tavern another stay to a second closure order rendered by the East Providence City Council, allowing the controversial night spot to remain open during the appeals process.

The City Council, at special April 9 session, issued a $500 fine and, as liquor commissioners, suspended the bar's ability to serve alcohol for a period of 30 days.

The Council was reacting to radio and print media advertisements done by the Tavern, which offered "buy one, get one" drink specials.

It was the second time in a month the Council had censured the establishment, having done so in March of this year following a show-cause hearing held after an alleged stabbing took place at the Tavern in February.

The Tavern operators and legal counsel, like it did after the first shut down order, immediately appealed the latest Council ruling to the DBR. And like that time, was able to remain open despite the rebukes.

The DBR's Neena Savage, on April 11, granted the most recent stay order contingent upon the following criteria (East Bay Tavern is the "Appellant" noted):

"1. Appellant has ceased advertising (via radio and news print) buy one get one free drink specials as of April 7, 2014 and will continue to refrain from such advertisement while the appeal is pending;

"2. Appellant will not offer any drink specials that are prohibited by R.I. Gen. Laws

Section 3-7-26;

"3. Appellant will place large signs with larger lettering stating: “NO DRINK SPECIALS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE" outside the premises such that patrons are able to View the signs prior to entering the premises Via all entrances."

East Providence City Solicitor Tim Chapman said during a phone discussion Thursday, April 17, he expects final decisions by the DBR on both appeals of the Council decisions are expected shortly, though he was unable to specify an exact date.


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