Weeks after shooting, Springfield bar’s license temporarily suspended

Moriarty's Pub on Liberty Street to lose entertainment license for 15 days

Moriarty's Pub and Grill is on Liberty Street in the city's Liberty Heights neighborhood.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A Springfield Irish pub will have its entertainment license suspended for 15-30 days, weeks after two men were shot outside the bar. The Springfield License Commission came to a settlement with Moriarty’s Pub and Grill on Liberty Street without having to go into a formal hearing.

The bar will be closed from February 12-27 as part of the 15 day suspension. The bar could have its license suspended for an additional 15 days if another incident occurs there in the next six months. Moriarty’s must also hire two Springfield police officers to work there on Friday and Saturday nights. “We look forward to being a good business partner with the City of Springfield,” said Moriarty’s Attorney Jeremy Powers. He added the bar would begin a new security plan, “”The police officers being there, additional screening process, additional cameras, additional lighting being put in, we think it will make a much safer venue for people to go into.”

“This was something that sends a stern message to this business…This is the severist sanction that I can move to. You know I have no issue whatsoever if I have to come to the ultimate decision of pulling licenses. I’ve done and will continue to do it if we get to that point,” said Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.

On December 19, one man was shot in the stomach, while another was shot in the hip outside Moriarty’s. Following the shooting, Mayor Domenic Sarno told 22News the bar had a “history of negative activity,” but Moriarty countered that his establishment is not responsible for violence on the streets, and said he was considering taking his business elsewhere.

Sarno said Friday that the arrangement sends a clear message to other bars with possible trouble.

A separate hearing will be held on February 11 in connection with a liquor license issue. Both sides said that they expect to have an agreement on that before the hearing as well.

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