The owner of a Cleveland Circle pizza place with a beer and wine license says a new computerized scanner has finally brought his months of problems with underage BC students getting drinks under control.
At a hearing on yet another incident, on July 20, Agoros owner Dimitrios Liakos told the Boston Licensing Board he had taken the board's advice and walked over to Mary Ann's to see how they finally curbed their own, decades-long problem with BC students. And a key thing he learned was to buy a scanner that not only looks for fake IDs, it takes a photo of every patron - and lets other local bars know when somebody's been banned.
The photo part "is a huge intimidation factor," Liakos said. "They come in and, 'Oh, you're going to take a picture of me?" He added the device has already alerted him to several people trying to get into Agoros after being banned at another local establishment.
Two BPD detectives testified that during an inspection on July 20, they found a 20-year-old woman who had used somebody else's license to get in and buy a vodka cordial. The woman told detectives she had simply found the license.
Agoros attorney Curt Bletzer said that, this time, Agoros has finally gotten things under control. The board will hold another hearing next week on an incident involving an employee and a beer, but Bletzer said he hoped after that, the board would never see Liakos again. In addition to the scanner, Liakos, who owns a Somerset pizza place with his brother, now works the door on many weekend nights and has stopped hiring BC students to work the bar.
The board decides Thursday what action, if any, to take about the July 20 incident. Last month, the board ordered a five-day license suspension over a July 14 incident, which came after it ordered its license suspended for five days in May.