TYNGSBORO -- Patrons of Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill on Middlesex Street will have to stay away from alcoholic beverages this Saturday, as the restaurant begins a five-day license suspension for serving alcohol to minors.

The restaurant will not be able to serve alcohol on Aug. 16, Aug. 25 and Sept. 3. If the restaurant stays out of trouble for one year, the other two days of suspension will not occur.

The suspension stems from the alcohol license violation on April 4. Sometime after 11:30 p.m., the restaurant served alcohol to two minors as the result of an employee failing to check their identification cards, according to Police Chief Richard Howe. This was the second time for Smokey Bones to be found serving minors alcohol after the first offense in 2010.

The management of Barbecue Integrated, Inc., which operates the business under the name of Smokey Bones, admitted to serving alcohol to minors in April, and its attorney and the town counsel came to an agreement that resulted in the five-day suspension, Selectmen Chairman Robert Jackson said.

The board unanimously accepted the agreement at the Monday night meeting.

Howe said the agreement followed his recommendations. In addition to the license suspension, the Smokey Bones management staff is required to meet with police officials once a month to review the restaurant operation. The five-day suspension, which includes a Saturday, reflects the seriousness of the violation, Howe said.


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"We wanted to make sure they understand the seriousness of the offense that they served alcohol to underage patrons but still be open for business," Jackson said of the punishment for the restaurant.

Missy Simpson, general manager for Smokey Bones in Tyngsboro, was out of the office and could not be immediately reached for comment on Wednesday.