Boston police seized the entertainment license of the Sons of Boston bar Wednesday as part of the city’s response to the management’s failure to notify police that one of the bar’s bouncers was allegedly involved in the fatal stabbing of a former US Marine in downtown Boston last Saturday.
In an enforcement action known as a licensed premise violation, police issued six violations to the bar’s owners, including having armed security without prior board approval, assault and battery on a patron with a dangerous weapon, failure to supervise conduct of the licensed establishment, and failure to call the police.
Police wrote they took custody of the bar’s entertainment license and returned it to city regulators at the Mayor’s Office of Consumer Affairs and Licensing. The bar is owned by Causeway Union, LLC, and the license allowed the bar to hire a disc jockey, let patrons dance, and host karaoke and trivia nights along with live music.
Alcohol licenses are regulated separately by the Boston Licensing Board.
Police acted the same day the office indefinitely suspended the entertainment license after regulators realized the company had failed to submit security and operational plans as they promised on March 25, 2021, when the license was issued, the office wrote in a notice to the bar. Until the company does file one that meets with the board’s approval, the entertainment license is suspended indefinitely.
“Licensees are required to conduct their operations so as to not adversely affect the public safety and order, and must operate so as to protect patrons and members of the public,’' the office wrote. The bar must provide information on hiring, de-escalation training, and other issues, the office said.
The license seizure comes after Daniel Martinez, 23, who served four years with the Marines, was allegedly stabbed by a Sons of Boston bouncer, identified as Alvaro O. Larrama, 38, of East Boston, around 7 p.m. last Saturday.
On Monday, Larrama was arraigned on a murder charge in Boston Municipal Court, and ordered held without bail.
Martinez and his friends were denied entry, exchanged words with the bouncers, and then walked away on Union Street, according to Suffolk District Attorney Kevin R. Hayden’s office. A second confrontation took place during which Martinez raised his arm in a defensive manner, threw an aluminum beer can in Larrama’s direction, and was then stabbed once in the chest by the bouncer, authorities alleged.
Carolyn Conway, the Boston attorney for the owners of the Sons of Boston, declined to discuss the seizure of the license and the connection between the nightspot and the killing of the Marine Thursday.
“We are still investigating,” Conway said and declined further comment.
The fatal stabbing wasn’t the first instance of an employee assaulting a customer at the nightspot. According to Licensing Board documents, it was the third incident involving a bouncer within a year.
The first violation took place Oct. 9, 2021, at around 9:50 p.m., when a man told a police officer the bouncer had threatened to assault him, according to a report filed with the board.
“You should do something with that guy, he is very angry,” the unidentified man told police.
In front of the officer, the bouncer charged in the man’s direction and verbally accosted him, police wrote. The name of the bouncer was not included in the report.
“[Expletive] the police, they can’t do [expletive], I’m working, I’ll [expletive] you up,” the bouncer said, police wrote. The bouncer also allegedly swore at the police officer.
When another bouncer tried to intervene, the first bouncer shoved his co-worker into a building wall.
“[Expletive] you, I’m not giving you [expletive],” the bouncer told the officer when asked for his name, police wrote.
Police cited the bar for assault and battery, employee on employee; threats, employee on patron/public; threats, employee on police, according to board records.
In a Licensing Board hearing held Dec. 14, Jason Kuczynski, manager of Sons of Boston Bar, said the bouncer was fired following the incident.
“It’s totally [inexcusable],” said Kuczynski in the hearing held on Zoom. “I’m not sure what the employee was thinking or why he lashed out, but subsequently he was terminated. And that’s definitely not how our interactions with the police should be.”
He estimated the bouncer had worked at the bar for about two years, the manager said. Kuczynski also said he reviewed video footage, but the incident was outside of camera view.
“I don’t know if this guy was having a bad day or what. … He flew off the handle for no reason and that’s not something we tolerate,” Kuczynski said.
He also said that he had a conversation separated from the public in the kitchen with the officer and the former bouncer, both of whom were “very heated.”
The board dismissed the violation after being told the bouncer had been fired, records show.
The other incident took place Jan. 1 when a Connecticut man said he was assaulted by two bouncers around 1:30 a.m., according to board records.
The man alleged the bouncers put him in a chokehold, dragged him out of the bar, and assaulted him, according to the police report. After the incident, the man reported he “suffered soreness and bleeding from the mouth,” police wrote.
The board took no action following this incident, and it was filed without a hearing, according to board records.
Due to a reporting error, an earlier version of this story misstated which agency regulates entertainment licenses. The Mayor’s Office of Consumer Affairs and Licensing issues entertainment licenses in the city.
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