Marshfield selectmen held two liquor license violation hearings Monday night – one for the Ember restaurant and the other for the AA Buffet, both located on route 139.
The board of selectmen threw the book at the AA Buffet, suspending both their liquor and entertainment licenses for 90 days.
Marshfield police Captain Phil Tavares leveled serious allegations against the restaurant. He said that they lied to police by having a DJ there with no security, after they said they wouldn’t book any more entertainment and didn’t need any more police details.
Captain Tavares didn’t mince words when he called out both the restaurant’s owner Sunny Ching and his manager Raymond Lin.
Tavares said, “Both Sunny and Raymond have been less than honest in their conversations with the selectmen and police. I feel that the business is failing and before closing or selling, the owners are trying to reap any benefit they can, without regard to the safety of the members of our community. They have practiced deceitful business measures and have no regard for the rules and laws they have agreed to obey by. I feel that their blatant disregard for these rules and laws places the general public at risk, if they are allowed to continue to operate with a liquor license and entertainment license.”
A resident that lives at the Old Stage Stop Village down the street from the AA Buffet says she got nowhere when she called the restaurant to complain about noise and loud music.
“When they first opened, we would try to call and ask them to turn the music down. We were told that it was commercially zoned and to deal with it and they hung up on us. After that, they wouldn’t even talk – they would just hang up on us. So, we would have to call the police,” said the neighbor.
The AA Buffet does not dispute the charges and says they accept the board of selectmen’s decision.
The Ember restaurant also had a liquor license hearing and was issued a warning after they served alcohol to a 20 year old during a Marshfield police undercover sting operation.