SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A business in downtown Springfield, run by the Perez Family Restaurant, Inc., was ordered to surrender its liquor license Friday afternoon.
According to Jim Leydon of the Springfield Mayor’s office, the Panacea, formerly the “Alumni Club” at 51-57 Taylor Street, violated Massachusetts Law by not having a manager working at the business while having a liquor license.
The decision, issued by the City of Springfield Board of License Commissioners, stated that, “Violation of 204 CMR 2.05 (2) Permitting an illegality on the licensed premises to wit: No Manager of Record Currently Working on Premises.”
The letter sent to Perez Family Restaurant, Inc. stated the Board found out that the manager of record for Panacea, Eric Maldonado, was no longer working there. When Maldonado applied for a manager position at another company, the Board was notified of the violation.
Leydon said the Board voted to suspend that license on December 12th until a manager of record is heard and approved by the Board. If the Panacea continues to sell alcohol, they will again be in violation of Massachusetts Law. They must remove all the alcohol from the building and surrender the liquor license to the License Commission Office immediately.
“We will continue to make sure pouring establishments are adhering to the law. We will not tolerate establishments that ignore state law and city ordinances,” stated Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.
The Springfield Police Department will make sure the business is compliance with state law, Leydon said.