SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and the city’s Licensing Commission issued a “cease and desist order” to an event being advertised as an 18 and up party. 22News explains why the city put a stop to the scheduled gathering.
Flyers city officials showed 22News advertised Saturday night’s event as an 18 and up party, originally scheduled to take place at 143 Main Street in Springfield’s South End.
The owner of the building said when Ambrosia Lounge approached him about renting the space, promoters told him the event would feature jazz music.
Now, that event will not be happening any more. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno told 22News that the Ambrosia Lounge planned this gathering without any valid licenses.
According to Mayor Sarno, the city has no record of Ambrosia Lounge even existing, and the License Commission never issued liquor licenses to 143 Main Street.
“There was no entertainment license,” said Mayor Sarno. “There was no liquor license. There was no plan, period, at all. And God forbid we don’t want any tragedies happening to young people.”
Alesia Days of the Springfield Licensing Commission said, “They will have to cease operation until the proper permit is obtained. Technically they don’t have anything legal to operate as a lounge, as a place of entertainment at this point.”
Mayor Sarno called the party a threat to public safety. 18 and up events require special permits from the Licensing Commission. Rules are stricter than 21 and up events.