Brady’s Pub gets license

  • Brady’s Pub, 1261 Chestnut St., was recently granted an all alcohol pouring license by the Athol Selectboard. Brady’s occupies the site that was the longtime home of Dona’s Pizza II. Staff Photo/Greg Vine

For the Athol Daily News
Published: 11/18/2020 11:16:11 AM
Modified: 11/18/2020 11:16:02 AM

ATHOL — After several concerns were raised during a public hearing, the Selectboard last week nonetheless approved an all alcohol pouring license for Brady’s Pub, 1261 Chestnut St.

“So, I know we have some feedback as a board that there was some concern about negative customer service at the place,” is how board Chair Rebecca Bialecki began the hearing, “and some concerns regarding wearing masks and serving the public.”

“Where would you like me to start?” asked owner Derek Ringuette.

“Well, I guess the first issue that concerns everyone right now is wearing masks,” said Bialecki. “I know that’s been addressed with you and your staff. What are your plans to make sure that’s happening on a regular basis?”

“Honestly,” said Ringuette, “for the most part, it has been happening and we have addressed the situation further. As we kind of discussed with (Assistant Health Agent) Jane (O’Brien) and the Board of Health — I don’t know if you’ve had a chance to speak with her — honestly, this person who made the complaint is somebody who was very disgruntled.

“It was one person and we actually had to ask the police to remove him because he was extremely loud and, you know, sometimes violent with the situation. So, long story short, it was one bad customer. I’m sure everybody in town has had one bad customer.”

Ringuette went on to say employees at the pub are wearing masks and gloves.

“We follow every protocol that we know of, and we try to stay on top of these things. It’s a very changing situation, obviously, and we try to make sure we’re doing the best we can. We’re a new business here, so that makes it very hard, too. So, I don’t see the masks as an issue — I don’t think they’ve been an issue, per se.”

Ringuette said the customer involved was standing close to employees, with no mask, and yelling his dissatisfaction. He added that, regarding the overall issue of customer satisfaction, Brady’s Facebook page has received numerous positive reviews. Any other issues were addressed and relatively minor in nature.

O’Brien had visited the pub for an inspection on the afternoon before the public hearing.

“There were no significant issues that I’m aware of,” Ringuette continued, “other than apparently the booths can’t be used, which I wasn’t aware of.”

O’Brien, who spoke at the hearing via phone, said, “I talked to them about the changes in our rules. We did talk about seating. They agreed to make the few changes I asked.

“I can’t speak to the complaint because I went up after the fact. But what I’ve asked them to do, they have done.”

“I don’t think it’s our business whether they give good service or not,” said board member Alan Dodge. “Any business has good service and bad service, it’s really none of our business.

“What is our business is them wearing coverings while they are working. Personally, I was there a couple of weeks ago — just stopped in to get a menu to go — and the person who was in the kitchen was not wearing a mask. So, I just want to reiterate that those masks have to be worn.”

He then asked if there is a penalty to be paid by a business if a customer enters and finds an employee is not wearing a mask.

“The first thing we would do is speak with them,” O’Brien answered, “because the mask guidance has changed somewhat back and forth. We try to give them a couple of chances. We’ll go up once or twice and emphasize ‘you really have to wear masks,’ and most places do.”

“The new order from the governor,” Town Counsel John Barrett interjected, “does provide for violations for a civil fine of up to $500 per violation. I think it’s something that could be done under the non-criminal disposition provisions. I believe the Board of Health has the authority to issue those violations.”

With no further discussion, the board voted unanimously to approve the all alcohol pouring license for Brady’s.

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