(Matt Rocheleau for Boston.com)
A popular sports bar and restaurant in Allston has had its alcohol license suspended for 10 days for allegedly serving alcohol to minors several months ago.
The suspension, which runs through Sunday, spans two full weekends and comes during a peak business season – the return of Boston’s college students, the mild end of summer weather, the end of baseball season, and the start of professional and college football.
On a Friday night in February at the Joshua Tree bar on Commonwealth Avenue, two 19-year-olds and two 20-year-olds were asked to show their identification to an investigator for the state’s Alcoholic Beverages and Control Commission, according to a copy of the commission's decision.
Two of the underage patrons showed the investigator fake out-of-state driver’s licenses, another showed a fake university identification card and the fourth showed a Vermont driver’s license, the report said. All four told the investigator they were asked to show their identification upon entering the bar.
After an April hearing, the commission found the bar had violated the state’s law banning the sale of alcohol to persons under 21 and suspended its alcohol license for 14 days; however, 11 of those days are being held in abeyance for two years as long as the bar remains violation-free during that period.
Seven suspension days held in a two-year abeyance from violations in 2009 are being served now, along with the three suspension days from the February incident, to make up the total 10-day suspension.
Signs posted on the front of the building say the bar will reopen on Mon., Sept. 20 at 5 p.m.
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