The proposed owners of a new restaurant in a Chestnut Hill Avenue spot that has been causing problems for years vow they won't repeat the mistakes of the past two places there - which included having workers drag unconscious patrons into alleys and letting under-age BC students belly up to the bar.
Attorney Stephen Miller told the Boston Licensing Board this morning his clients - George and Bob Kariotis - have already cleared the former Agoros of beer signs and black lights as part of total rehab of the interior. But beyond the cosmetic renovations, Miller said the brothers plan to buy a "sophisticated ID scanner" and to install 32 security cameras to try to limit the number of fake-ID-holding BC students from getting in and to better identify the troublemakers should trouble happen.
Miller added the brothers have agreed that they will turn over any IDs of BC students who either try to get in or who do get in to the college so that the kids can feel the school's full disciplinary wrath. The Circle would also bar admittance to anyone under 21 after 8 p.m. to curb the problem of legal-age patrons passing their IDs off to their younger pals, he said.
He added that while the Kariotis brothers have extensive restaurant experience, they are hiring a chef and a bar manager so that they can devote all their time at night to staying on the restaurant floor to keep an eye on things.
Miller, who is familiar with the location and its problems because he helped Rogaris get his beer-and-wine license, said that almost the entire purchase price will go just to paying off back taxes and other debts the past owners left unpaid.
The proposed license purchase has the backing of the mayor's office
The board could decide at a meeting tomorrow whether to approve the license transfer.