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PHOTOS: The Four Arlington Restaurants Caught Serving Alcohol to Minors

The restaurants failed to pass an undercover test by police in late May.

Four Arlington restaurants were caught serving alcohol to minors during an undercover operation by police in late May.

, Sabzi, and all served beer to the minors who were working with police on Wednesday, May 30, without asking for ID, according to the police report. It was all four restaurants first offense.

The owners of Kathmandu Spice, Sabzi and Sweet Chili appeared before the Board of Selectmen on Monday, and they all took full responsibility for their infractions.

All three restaurants had their alcohol licenses suspended for three days by the board. The restaurants will serve their suspensions during the middle of the week, sometime in September.

The restaurants will remain open during the suspensions, but they will not be allowed to serve alcohol.

The owner or an attorney representing Manna Sushi did not attend Monday’s meeting, so the board postponed action against the restaurant until its next meeting.

All other restaurants and liquor stores in Arlington received the same test and did not serve the minors.

I. M. Fedup July 17, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Very interesting...all four restaurants are foreign in nature...perhaps the owners were not fully aware of how things are done in America....I am sure a good slap on the wrist will suffice....Weren't these ownership groups fully apprised of the regulations in this country regarding liquor laws?....Perhaps better screening on the part of those who grant liquor licenses might be in order.
Tim July 17, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Suzanne I am not sure how aware you are of the teenage drinking problem in Arlington . There's a very big one .. My theory why add fuel to the fire ?? If we can save one life way not .
Tim July 17, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Suzanne what happens when one of these fine kiddies leaves there and kills someone ? Who they going to sue ??
BD July 17, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Tim, The problem with underage drinking in Arlington is not due to the Capitol getting a license or even restaurants serving beer and wine, but due to lack of parental guidance and discipline.
inthegloaming July 17, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Desperate? Worse? That's an overreaction based on "fear" (your word) which is based on no real facts. Underage people will always have access to alcohol in secret. These young people were having a meal, in public. Like they do in Europe, wine etc., included, even for under 18 in some countries. (And I'm betting these undercover plants easily pass for over 21. Deliberately.) But the sentence wasn't too harsh for a first offense, so. . . C'est la vie.
inthegloaming July 17, 2012 at 10:48 PM
I agree with Suzanne. Underage teens will ALWAYS find a way to get alcohol. Usually in secret, in their homes, up on the hills in Menotomy Rocks Park. A public venue is the least likely place to worry about.
inthegloaming July 17, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Kills someone? Jeeze, get a grip! Alcohol does not lead directly to murder. More likely to vomiting. And, again, they can drink a heck of a lot more at home than at the movies or a restaurant. What is with all this apocalyptic fear-mongering?
Kenny July 17, 2012 at 11:46 PM
They were able to get alcohol at a selectman's house a few years ago I remember reading. Whoops pardon me a selectwoman.
Drew July 18, 2012 at 01:59 AM
First of all, what restaurant in Arlington isn't foreign? I can barely pronunce half of the names and I am a tenured professor at a well known university in Cambridge and many of the places don't stay in business long enough to figured it all out.. In any case, your naaive suggestion that "maybe they didn't know any better" or "maybe they are not familiar with this country's liquor laws" is not , of course, even a possibility because you can rest assured that these astute, savy and sophisticated owners are quite on top of things relating to "how things are done in America" and the country's liquor lawst Otherwise they would not have the license in their hand today. No they were just being lax and weren't paying attention while raking in the proceeds. plain and simple.
Drew July 18, 2012 at 02:05 AM
I agree with Tim. Booze is everywhere and teenage booze problem in this town is rampant--just read the Advocate. So why tempt fate and put it in their laps?
Drew July 18, 2012 at 02:08 AM
the parents, probably who will then, in many cases, finally wake up and have to do something about whatever their sons and daughters are actually doing
inthegloaming July 18, 2012 at 03:51 AM
Rhonda Mae: I worked at Harvard for 15 years, then at MIT for 20 until I retired a few years ago. Between the misspellings (no autocorrect on your computer?) and the run-on sentences, I hope you're not a Professor of English/Creative Writing. (One department I did work for.) but if you're a math prof, no problem. I hear Einstein couldn't spell either. Btw, have you ever tried to know everything a 15-20 year old is doing every moment their not in your presence? House arrest's the only option.
Drew July 18, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Inthegloaming: Unnecessary and childish insults when you can't think of a worthwile response to a comment will only make me want to look you in the eye and give you one of my beautiful award winning smiles. They are also inappropriate in this forum when most of us want to stick to the subject matter in the best, most effective way we can and not get off the track on non-related nonsense.
Paul July 18, 2012 at 02:03 PM
"Inthegloaming" respresents one of the changes I have observed over many many decades in my native Arlington. Much like the Glenn Close character in the movie by the same name "In the Gloaming", the alleged "Harvard and MIT" employee cannot and will not accept reality. Booze in the Capitol Theater is a travesty and a danger. Instead of questioning Rhonda Mae's curriculum vitae, "inthegloaming" should just pop his meds and count his pension benefits from the janitor's union.
inthegloaming July 18, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Rhonda, just saying I'm doubting your unprovable claim of tenured professorship (hood?) at a local Ivy League. (And if you want to stick to facts on this subject alone, then why even insert that claim into the conversation? To impress/intimidate? Btw, damn autocorrect substituted "their"for "they're" in my last response. I do know the difference.) If you were, you'd understand this age group better than you appear to. Smiling back at ya. Let's have High Tea at the faculty club. My treat.
inthegloaming July 18, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Oooh, good one. Ad hominem put down. Most janitors I know have more sense than you, so I'm not too snooty to be presumed to be one. We need janitors' services. Thank one next time, O Exalted Lady of the Manor House. Oy, tempest in teapot. Stop getting your knickers in a twist about the Capitol and the restaurants. Accept the reality that these kids WILL find booze at home and on the street and drink too much of it in secret. Public venues are the last place to worry about until they turn 21 and can frequent bars. Even then they are in danger of being cut off by a responsible bartender. So chill. Have a mojito. Better than meds. :-)
inthegloaming July 18, 2012 at 03:04 PM
So, ladies, it's been real trading bon mots with y'all, but I've got trash to take out, floors to scrub. A janitor's work is never done. And you know how demanding Hahvahd and MIT can be about their image. Besides, Mom told me "Don't confuse me with facts!" whenever we disagreed. So I'm bowing out of this pointless go round, we'll agree to disagree. You can have the last word you insist on having now, I won't defend. Have a lovely summer. :-)
Paul July 18, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Here at the "Manor House" I just put an Irish soda bread in the oven and cleaned the kitchen before sitting down to see what is going on in the Patch. Incidentally, the recipe I use is from my great grandmother who was born in Co. Kerry, Ireland in 1869. She emigrated to Arlington as a girl and we have been here since.... of course, those were the days when no one in town would say "Oy". Since we are all agreed to leave the topic of booze at the Capitol, my final comment is alert Planned Parenthood of the change, please.
I. M. Fedup July 18, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Peggy....your attempted, poorly articulated put down of "inthegloaming" simply serves to illustrate the elitist attitude that exists in the "People's Republic" of Cambridge...Let's try to keep the ultra liberal, unrealistic attitudes of the snobs of Harvard where they belong....in the People's Republic. Beer and Wine is not a threat as long as the Capital keeps on top of things (unlike the four poorly administered restaurants caught in the sting). You are fortunate to live in a classy, open minded town such as Arlington....embrace the opportunity to expand your world...for the better.
lauren manera July 18, 2012 at 06:27 PM
The spat between Rhonda Mae and inthegloaming is actually more interesting than the article. I lived in Arlington for about 7 years; its lack of liquor licenses for restaurants was rather quaint and certainly inconvenient. I do think if you feel the need to pronounce you are a "tenured professor" in a forum such as this, you do need to get a life. Perhaps you cannot attempt to browbeat people at work and think you can take it on the "little people" who surround you in Arlington. And by the way, inthegloaming is correct -- you are a terrible speller who doesn't even proofread her work. You probably take no pride in your appearance either. Those crunchy granola types are still around. Amazing!
Drew July 18, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Thank you, Lauren dear for your kind and thoughtful input! We all enjoyed your unleashed diatribe and I must say that you have quite the wild imagination as to my personality and appearance.
inthegloaming July 18, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Lauren, I'd not exactly call it a "spat": I'd have to care enough to get annoyed. I was just having fun with the landed gentry, they get into "OMG the sky is falling! First booze, next they'll want to pry my gun out of my cold, dead hands! Arrrrrrrmageddon!" knee jerk mode so easily. But now I see my fun is an exercise in futility: closed minds. Give up while you're ahead, they'll insist on the last word ad nauseum. They own Arlington, you see, handed down to them from their immigrant forebears. Squatters' rights. :-) Lace curtain Irish don't let in . . . well, you know, "those people" who say "Oy" and the other ones with the wrong color skin. Wait a bit longer: they're a dying breed.
Drew July 18, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Hey Peggy G..... I'm bored with this already...let's have a few cold ones at the Capitol and have a few laughs!
Paul July 18, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Thank you Ms. Rhonda Mae. I appreciate your support. As for the "late comers" comments, Arlington has always been a friendly and wonderful place! The birth place of Uncle Sam Wilson, whose granddaughter lived in Arlington and my great grandmother knew. As for our "Lace curtain Irish" dig, I'm quite proud of my five successfully married children and the 23 grandkids they have given us. Most live in Arlington and Lexington and one out west in Arizona. But, i am happy to report we are NOT dying out, we have NOT lost our values and we continue to LOVE our TOWN. I can't believe Inthegloaming has a gun! Hope she knows which end is the trigger.... my family has always believed in the SECOND AMMENDMENT and we have sent our children and grandkids to gun classes run by the police department. Enough of this.... God Bless our TOWN and all the neighbors in it. Signing off: Irish Indian aka Peggy
inthegloaming July 19, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Lady Peggy! Reread what I wrote. (Put your monocle on this time.) No clue where you get the idea I have a gun. I don't believe people other than military should have guns. (Please everyone, I beg you, let's NOT start a gun debate in the booze forum! Guns and booze don't mix well!) let me 'splain it to you. No, that'll take too long. Let me sum up. I was poking fun at those who think EVERYTHING is a slippery slope to socialism, and always seem to veer to "next they'll take away our guns!" when no one gives a hoot about your guns. Or a hoot who your great grandmother knew. Lah dee dah. Not to mention (but your snobbish self-aggrandizement makes it too much fun to resist): Oy! And vey! Ladies, drinks at the Capitol are on me. Keep calm and carry on.
Marshall T July 19, 2012 at 04:27 PM
I missed that one, what happened?
Tom McGinnity July 19, 2012 at 04:46 PM
We were drinking beers in the Capitol back in 1981.. Nice to finally have a legal one there..
Paul July 19, 2012 at 06:29 PM
'57 Chevy's came out in Myrak's in the Center the year we snuk brewskies into the Capitol Theater! You werent the first pal
Patricia November 07, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Could it be because these restaurants were targeted because their owners were from foreign countries?
Tom McGinnity November 08, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Paul.. I'm way younger than you. Mirak had moved and we were checking out some used 68 and 67 Camaros in the brand new lot.. circa 1978.. You must have been drinking Schlitz or Tuborg back then!...... : )

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