Hearings on liquor law infractions aren’t common occurrences in Andover. Going into the hearing on Raagini’s, selectmen Chairman Alex Vispoli said, “This is something that I’m glad to say we don’t have a lot of experience with.”
Maybe that’s because those who serve or sell alcohol in town know they’ll be facing more than a slap on the wrist if they flaunt or break the law.
And if they didn’t know before, they certainly do now.
While Raagini’s can still operate during the 30-day suspension, no alcohol can be served. That’s a big price to pay for even the most thriving restaurant.
Raagini’s can appeal its suspension to the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission, which would then conduct its own hearing. And perhaps the ABCC would be more lenient, taking into account the fact that it was the restaurant’s first offense.
But whatever happens, selectmen can rest assured that the word is out about their feelings on underage drinking and disregard for the liquor laws. They simply won’t stand for it in Andover.