HAVERHILL — Police say an inner-city tavern that was ordered to close earlier than usual violated the terms of its probation. Police said they visited the bar last month after the city’s Licence Commission imposed a 9:30 p.m. curfew time on The Other Place, located at the corner of Cedar and 8th Avenue, and found patrons still drinking.
When the License Commission met on Thursday, the owner of the establishment came before commissioners with an application to change managers, but they decided to postpone making a decision until a hearing on the alleged violation can be held.
Last month the board ordered that the tavern close no later than 9:30 p.m. until the owner hired a new manager and that person is approved first by the city and then by state alcohol regulators.
The ruling followed a lengthy investigation by local police and federal agents of drug activity at the business, which is at 119 Cedar St. in the city’s Acre neighborhood. Police and city officials have also raised concerns that current owner and manager, 24-year-old Laurie Chiarenza, has not been on the premises as often as she is supposed to be under her license.
Licence Commissioner Tim Coco said Chiarenza, the tavern’s last approved manager, came before the commission on Thursday with an application to change managers to Jillian Marques, who also appeared before the board.
“The most prudent thing for us to do was not act on the change in manager application but to schedule a show cause hearing on the alleged violation of operating hours,” Coco said, indicating the hearing will be held when the board meets Feb. 7.
Police Lt. Robert Pistone said the bar violated its current probation imposed by the Licence Commission of having to cease serving alcohol at 9:30 p.m.
“Officer (Daniel) Trocki entered their premises on Dec. 12 after 9:30 p.m., and they had patrons present consuming alcoholic beverages,” Pistone said.