Springfield orders a Worthington St. restaurant to close

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – After a stabbing Sunday morning and a history of violence on Worthington Street, the City of Springfield has served a cease and desist letter to the Piccolo Restaurant.

According to Jim Leydon, from the Springfield Mayor’s office, the City of Springfield Law Department has issued a Demand to Cease and Desist Operating without Common Victualler License to Piccolo Restaurant, located at 304 Worthington Street.

The owner, Gisele Davila of Chicopee, has been criticized by Mayor Domenic Sarno, and the City’s Licensing Department, after someone was stabbed in the back with a steak knife near the restaurant.

The stabbing happened Sunday morning around 2:30, after the Piccolo Restaurant was closed. The victim was rushed to Baystate Medical Center and treated for his injuries.

The letter stated that, “You are hereby notified that it is illegal to cook, prepare and serve food without a common victualler license.” Leydon said that the Piccolo Restaurant has not applied nor has this type of license.

Mayor Sarno stated, “For those who wish to operate legally within the City of Springfield, we welcome you with open our arms. For those who wish to operate illegally and with disregard for public safety will be held accountable.”

Officials had to wait until Thursday to serve the cease and desist letter because the restaurant is only open late on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and into the early morning hours.

To read the Cease and Desist letter, Click Here.

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