The problems persisted. Most recently, on Feb. 28 – six days after Abreau was stabbed – Xavier’s was cited for failing to keep a crowd count and for operating a fog machine, which are prohibited in Lawrence bars and nightclubs. The bar also has been cited for serving minors.
Two other bars and a social club also were disciplined by the Licensing Board along with Xavier’s on March 26 as part of a crackdown promised by Torres, who Mayor Daniel Rivera named to replace Mayra Lantigua, the former mayor’s ex-wife, as chairman in one of his first appointments after taking office in January.
The ax that night fell hardest on the United Latino Sports Club at 134 West St., which lost its certificate of occupancy after inspectors found it serving beer at 2 a.m. on March 1. The club does not have a liquor license. Its certificate of occupancy was revoked last year for another offense.
Bar Rock, at 168 Broadway, was fined $200 after inspectors found an intoxicated woman at the bar, no manager on site and tinting over more than 35 percent of its windows.
Le Drink, at 596 Essex St., lost its liquor license for three days beginning April 17 after fire inspectors found it had covered smoke detectors in plastic, possibly to allow patrons to smoke or to allow a fog machine to operate. The Fire Department fined the bar $1,100, noting it had been cited for the same offense last year.
“These people are going to get the message sooner or later,” said Torres, who has joined police and fire inspectors on their rounds of the bars three times since becoming chairman of the Licensing Board. “I’m going to be out there at least twice a month. They’re going to know they’re not going to be able to get away with the things they’ve been doing because I can show up any day.”