The Boston Licensing Board today issued a warning to West on Centre for a Republican buffet breakfast last month that violated several of the state's and city's Covid-19 regulations, including maskless attendees wandering around as they sampled a buffet before crowding together at tables as speakers regaled them while standing at a microphone.
At a hearing on the same day as the state and city relax some of their restaurant regulations - restaurants can now seat their full capacity, assuming they can separate tables by at least six feet - board Chairwoman Kathleen Joyce acknowledged the confusion surrounding just what restaurants can do.
But Joyce added that photos, posted by potential gubernatorial candidate Geoff Diehl of the Feb. 13 Lincoln Day breakfast, showed several violations that warranted a warning.
When not at tables, guests need to be wearing masks, while self-service buffets and microphones are forbidden, she said. She added that no more than six guests can sit at a table. And private events at the time were limited to a total of ten people.
Owners Joe and Eleanor Greene acknowledged the problems. "It did look bad," Joe Greene acknowledged. He said more people than expected showed up and the restaurant didn't have enough staffers on hand. "It didn't end well."
BPD Det. Eddie Hernandez said that on a followup visit on Saturday, there were no problems.
The board also issued a warning to Delfino on South Street for overcrowding on Saturday. Hernandez said the restaurant had 30 patrons inside when it should have had no more than 20 under a 40% capacity rule that expired last night.
Owner Stephen Judge apologized and said it was a misunderstanding; when he heard Gov. Baker announce the easing of restrictions last week, he thought the new rules were in effect over the weekend.
Joyce said the board will send guidance about the new restrictions to all of the city's restaurants sometime today.