EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

June 18, 2013

Bistro loses liquor license for month

24-year-old manager accused of serving alcohol to 17-year-old employee girlfriend

By Dustin Luca

---- — ANDOVER — The Board of Selectmen voted yesterday to suspend the liquor license of Raagini Indian Bistro for a month after learning the restaurant’s manager served alcohol to a 17-year-old employee after hours.

Complicating the incident was the fact that “there was a relationship, a short-lived relationship” between the female employee and 24-year-old manager Jaspreet Pabla at the time of the violation, Pabla’s attorney, Ilya Defilippis, said.

On April 22, roughly a month after the violation, the employee reported to police that Pabla served alcohol to her after closing hours, according to a police report filed by Andover police Patrolman Peter Reming.

The restaurant, located in Shawsheen Plaza at 209 North Main St., had only opened around six months ago. Its liquor license was issued Dec. 17, 2012.

Going into the hearing on the violation, board Chairman Alex Vispoli said “this is something that I’m glad to say we don’t have a lot of experience with.”

But after going over the particulars of the case, members of the board said they wanted to send a message to other alcohol-serving businesses in town.

With a 4-1 vote to suspend the license for a month, the dissenting vote came from Selectman Mary Lyman, who felt a month-long suspension would hurt or even kill the business.

The suspension of the license is subject to appeal from Pabla. Appeals to the license’s suspension would be referred to the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission. Pabla declined to comment on whether he would appeal.

For further coverage of the hearing and suspension, read the June 20 edition of the Andover Townsman.