Sandwich Sports Bar Loses License! [Sandwich Watchdog]

Sports Bar Over-Serves Again!

Boosters is a bar no more - at least for now, anyways.

Sandwich Selectmen yanked the Sandwich sports bar's liquor license last night after hearing testimony from former patron Jodi Zanello. Zanello was arrested after leaving Boosters January 14th, while travelling in the wrong direction on route 6.

The 26 year old Sandwich resident failed sobriety tests and blew .20 on the breathalyzer.

At the time, Zanello told the arresting officer that she had consumed 2 glasses of wine; however, reciepts later demonstrated that she had consumed 4. 

Zanello told the Board that she had mistakenly misinformed the officer - probably because she was "drunk" - and that she was certain she had ordered four glasses of wine that evening.

Robert Mills, the attorney for Boosters, tried to convince selectmen that Zanello's testimony was not truthful, given her prior statements to police.

Discrediting Patron Didn't Work.

Boosters' bartender Rebecca Holt testified that she had no recollection of seeing Zanello the night in question. Additionally, Mills attempted to discredit Zanello by sharing her alleged psychological issues and use of the drug Lexipro to combat them.

Sandwich Selectman Linelle Grundman seemed uneasy with the direction of the testimony, as it related to Zanello's medical history. Grundman put an end to Attorney Mill's line of questioning.

With two hearings in just three months, a prior concurrent 5-day suspension, and last Saturday's incident involving another female patron allegedly driving her vehicle through a fence after leaving Boosters - Sandwich Selectmen acted responsibly revoking the bar's liquor license.

The Cape Cod Times is reporting that "Melissa Sheldon, 36, faces charges of OUI, driving to endanger and a marked lanes violation after the 1:16 a.m. crash." For additional information on this incident, please click here.

The revokation of the liquor license will likely render the Sandwich bar closed. 

Boosters has five days to appeal the decision to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission.

Selectmen Had More Than Enough Reason.

Did Sandwich Selectmen need the testimony of Zanello to find the bar guilty of over-serving? Did Ms. Zanello's medical history need to be made public?

Without question, Ms. Zanello is responsible for her actions and thankfully the intoxicated patron didn't injure anyone on Jan. 14th.

Note, it is Zanello's 2nd OUI offense.

Still, it's a bit unsettling that facing criminal charges, Zanello was not better advised that her testimony to the Selectmen may not have been in her best legal interest.

Not to mention, Ms. Zanello's recorded testimony is now memorialized for all time.

While The Sandwich Watchdog finds it commendable that Zanello was forthright and has taken responsibility for her actions, we're not convinced tthat the 26 yr old is aware of the power of the electronic fingerprint she has just left on her life.

Even without Zanello's testimony, Boosters has given plenty of reason to the Town of Sandwich to shut them down.

While patrons must be responsible for setting their alcohol limits, so too must the businesses that serve them.

Kudos to the Sandwich Selectmen for identifying Boosters  - and any other liquor-serving establishment - as a threat to our community, if those businesses care more about the bottom line than drawing one.

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